Kelsea grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and then moved to central Arkansas with her family during middle school. For college, she attended the University of Arkansas where she majored in Architectural History and minored in Art History and Art Studio. She also spent a summer in Italy, where she was able to further these studies in Rome, Florence and Venice. During college, she continued to pursue her love of music by playing the cello in the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
It was during college that Kelsea began to understand the Gospel and experience redemption through Christ. She became a leader with the ministries of Arkansas Cru, where she led discipleship training programs. She also pioneered a movement of students who were committed to living in campus dorms as a way to build relationships and further the Gospel on campus. She still gets together each year with a small group of women that she discipled during college.
While in college, Kelsea spent two summers serving on summer staff with Service Over Self (SOS), an urban home repair ministry. It was during those years that she fell in love with the city of Memphis and its people.
In September 2004, she married Philip, and joined him in Grenada, Mississippi where he was working as the student minister in a local church. A few months later, Kelsea was hired to teach art and art history at Grenada Middle School. She was able to earn her teaching certificate and taught full-time until 2007 when Philip was hired to work on staff at SOS in Memphis.
Since relocating to Memphis, Philip and Kelsea have lived in Binghampton with their three children: Romey, Archer, and Beckett. They have been a part of Fellowship Memphis for 5 years. Before serving in the role of Children’s Ministry Director, Kelsea was the Elementary Coordinator at the Colonial Outpost. She is so thankful for the opportunity to invest in the lives of the children and families who are a part of Fellowship Memphis.