How grateful we are to the Pastor Nominating Committee and to God for bringing Reverend Kellen Smith
to First Pres as our Senior Pastor/Head of staff starting with us on June 26, 2017.
With the help of your prayers, the Holy Spirit has truly been at work amongst us.
Pastor Kellen Smith
Kellen will listen as he leads, both to God and the members of our congregation. He will both challenge and encourage us to trust in God's faithfulness and further God's Kingdom. Richard Lauber, Chair PNC
Love of Christ * A loving relationship with Christ helps Kellen build authentic relationships with those around him and in turn strengthen those he knows to grow with Christ themselves.
Collaboration * Strong leadership and a desire to find value in those around him provide excellent volunteer and working environments.
Preaching and Worship Leadership * The Holy Spirit is clearly evident in Kellen’s ability to speak the Word and carry a message in a unique and powerful way.
Transformational and Missional * Kellen sees high value in small group ministry and its ability to bring people together for the transformational betterment of God’s kingdom.
Interpersonal Engagement * Kellen has the ability to connect with all ages in a heartfelt, engaging manner.
Strategy and Vision * Kellen has an innate ability to see spiritual gifts of others and help them find their value in God’s kingdom. This allows all to participate in the vision of the congregation.
Kellen is from Delray Beach, FL and his wife Sarah is from Fairfax, VA
Kellen & Sarah were both raised in the Presbyterian Church (USA). They met in San Antonio, TX where they were serving as team leaders for Americorps.
Their children, Hadley (2 years) loves playgrounds & Hudson (3 months) loves to smile.
The Smith Family enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking & biking.
The Smiths are big sports fans & hope to see all the Chicago sports teams in action.
Kellen enjoys playing golf. He is a PGA fan & looks forward to playing the Chicago area courses.
Sarah has 10 years of teaching & school administration experience, most recently working for 3 years as a principal of a special needs school.
Emory University, Candler School of Theology
Doctor of Ministry (Expected 2019)
Princeton Theoligical Seminary, Master of Divinity
Award for Excellence in Expository Preaching
Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA
Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville, NJ
First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX
Director of Youth Ministries
First Presbyterian Church, Delray Beach, FL
Church and Community Leadership
Presbytery of Philadelphia, Commission Moderator
NEXT Church, Leadership Team
Tennent College of Christian Education, Board of Trustees
Nepal Foundation, Board of Directors