Rev. Roy Beth Kelley had a dilemma. After receiving a call to ministry, the Russellville attorney served as a local pastor for several years. Then she felt a deeper calling from God to attend United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio full time.
“I knew I couldn’t be a pastor, work at my law practice, and go to seminary full time. So I quit working at the law office, wrote a big check for my first semester of seminary, and took a leap of faith,” Roy Beth recalled. “The UMFA Seminary Scholarship truly answered my prayer that God would provide.”
Now serving as pastor for First UMC, Atkins and Bells Chapel UMC, Roy Beth holds services in both churches each week, attends meetings, and ministers to her congregations while attending seminary full time. She plans to complete her seminary work in December of 2018 and will continue as a pastor to local churches in the Arkansas Conference.
Roy Beth and her husband Ed have two grown sons. She is already putting to use the seminary coursework she’s completed in church renewal and the missional church. “I am profoundly grateful to those who have made the seminary scholarships possible,” she said.