Dr. Kelly McClendon

Dr. Kelly McClendon

Senior Pastor


Grace and peace to you. I love Christ and His church and my life is devoted to serving both.  My story is simply this - I once was lost, but now I’m found. I once was blind, and now I’m learning to see. How? By receiving the grace of God through faith in Christ and by growing with other disciples in Christian community. Since I believe this grace is so amazing I want every person on earth to receive it.    

I became a Christian a few months before I turned 22, and I’ve been in some form of pastoral ministry since 1984 serving as a student pastor, youth minister, campus minister, associate pastor, and senior pastor in churches North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky.  
I was sent to serve as the Senior Pastor of Immanuel in June of 2007. I believe God is doing wonderful things through this ministry and I praise Him for allowing me to be a part of that good work.  

My sweet wife is Mary Beth (we married in 1986) and she is a devoted disciple of Christ, as well as being a  Clinical Dietitian (R.D.; M. Ph.). We have two grown sons, Micah (wife - Holly) and Nathan, and an ornery (but beloved) dog named Sandy.

BA:       New Mexico State University (1983 - History / Business Administration)
M.Div:   The Divinity School of Duke University (1987)
D.Min:   Asbury Theological Seminary (2000)
Places Lived: My family moved to Kentucky in 1990 and since then we’ve lived in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. Previously I’ve been well traveled and oft moved--including long stops in Texas, Tennessee, California, Florida, New Mexico, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, and Ohio. 
Living Now: Villa Hills, KY
Favorite Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life; The Princess Bride; Rocky / Rambo
Favorite Bible Passages: Ephesians 8:9-10; Philippians 2:1-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Eph. 3:14-21
Favorite Quotes:  
- Small acts of love, can change the world.  -Mother Teresa
- All need to be saved.  All can be saved.   All can know themselves to be saved.  All can be saved to the uttermost.  - Traditional summary of Methodist teaching
- I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship and the whole world for my mission field. - John Wesley
- We’re gonna need a bigger boat.   - The Apostle Peter?; later in “Jaws”)
- You keep using that word... I don’t think it means what you think it means. - Inigo Montoya
Favorite Books: The Bible; Sermons of John Wesley; Mere Christianity; The Kite Runner. 
Hobbies: Singing; Hiking; Biking (motorcycles); Reading; Movies; Martial Arts