Rev. Kelly Sullivan

Pastor, Discipleship & Worship

Who I Am

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Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Secondary Education and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology.

Kelly has been appointed to First UMC Pasadena since April of 2012.  Before her appointment to our church, she was the Senior Pastor at First UMC La Porte, Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s UMC Houston,  Associate Pastor of First UMC Pasadena (June 1997-January 2002) and was the Director of Christian Education and Programming at First UMC Pasadena from 1989-1997.

Kelly has been married to Ted for 35 years and they have three children.  Ashley and her husband Jason Sweeney, Austin and Allison.

Kelly loves to worship God in powerful and exciting ways! She loves the boldness of the organ in the Traditional Services as much as she loves the beat of the drums in the Contemporary Service.  

Kelly is the Associate Pastor responsible for the planning and implementation of all worship services.  She believes in every worship service the possibility exists for a very direct, personal encounter with God. It is her personal prayer each week that God’s presence will be made known to all present as they experience worship. In the written words and in the music; all selections are created or chosen to serve the scripture(s) of the day and the theme of the sermon. She is passionate about thematic intentionality as well as creative approaches which have the potential to create a space for the Spirit to work and move; so that God’s presence is made known.