With “great delight,” Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves announced the calling of Kelsey Davis to be the Curator for Emerging Communities for the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. Kelsey will begin her ministry August 1 in this newly-created diocesan role.
This month Kelsey is completing her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; she previously earned an undergraduate degree in Theology from the University of Portland, Oregon. She gained vital skills for the Curator position during her time at Vanderbilt Divinity School, serving as the Chaplain Assistant for Young Adult Ministry at St. Augustine’s Chapel and School Chapel Intern at Episcopal School of Nashville. She also brings extensive experience as a professional athlete – she was the goalkeeper coach for the US Soccer Youth National Teams and for the Tennessee Soccer Club, among other coaching roles – and has served in various ministry contexts with youth and young adults.
“Kelsey comes with exceptional relational skills, deep theological formation and great passion for creating community grounded in Christ,” said Bishop Mary.
“Throughout my journey … I have been drawn to various forms of emerging communities, particularly working with youth and young adults,” said Kelsey. “My experience as a lifelong athlete and coach has equipped me with skills for ministry that include: building life-giving and collaborative relationships, leadership development, facilitating culture, managing interpersonal dynamics, recruitment, coaching youth, and grit.”
“I have learned that youth and young adults are not simply the ‘future of the church,’ but they are the church,” she added. “Youth and young adults are full of God’s wisdom, truth, and beauty. The voices and lives of our young siblings are to be centralized and deeply respected in shaping the church’s future, identity, and mission.”
An interview with Kelsey will be featured in the next issue of the diocesan magazine Real Episcopal, expected to mail at the end of May.
“I wish to thank everyone for their support,” noted Bishop Mary, “especially the outstanding interview team that joined Jesus Reyes, Brian Nordwick and myself in discerning between our three terrific finalists. We have explored, wondered and prepared for God’s call of our next steps in living the vision set before us. May our prayers and openness continue as the new life among us unfolds!”
Kelsey and her wife Heather will arrive in California in mid-July. Please join us in prayers of joy and anticipation as Kelsey begins her El Camino Real ministry August 1.