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Youth Worker On Fire Podcast

Mar 15, 2023

David Kelly graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and married his wife Karen in 1996. When they moved to Eustis, Florida (30 miles west of Orlando, Florida) they joined New Hope Presbyterian Church and began volunteering with the youth.

From 1997 to 2001 he taught English/Journalism and coached 3 separate sports at Eustis High School. On July 1, 2001, he came on staff as the full time youth director at New Hope, a PCA church. Later that year, David and Karen became parents with the birth of their daughter and the next year welcomed their son.

David is a member of Southland Camps leadership team. Southland Camps is a 501(c)(3) youth organization under the umbrella of the PCA that connects students to Christ and Community. David is also a volunteer at Tavares High School and works closely with the football team.

He graduated from RTS-Orlando in May 2016 and received his Masters of Divinity degree. In April 2017, he was ordained and installed by the Central Florida Presbytery as an Associate Pastor at New Hope. 

David now has a focus on men’s discipleship and leadership training with an emphasis in church planting. He also continues to be a youth director at New Hope. Some of his favorite activities (outside of youth ministry) are hunting, fishing, and drinking ice cold Coca-Cola from a mason jar.

David said,"I love families and students, but I am most glad that Jesus loves us and allows us to know Him more and more."


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