On Tuesday, July 8 the Vestry unanimously approved the recommendation of the Search Committee to call The Rev. Kelly Kirby as the 4th Rector of St. Matthew’s. Kelly enthusiastically accepted our call.
The Search Committee provided a summary of Kelly’s attributes which would complement and move St. Matthew’s forward. A few of those attributes are her experience as a Rector (10 years in total), her energy and enthusiasm, experience in teaching Stewardship, incorporating new members, supporting a children’s program along with promoting inter-generational experiences.
Kelly comes to us from St. Andrew in Mentor, Ohio where she has been Rector for 7 years. Kelly’s husband, Brian, is a high school science teacher. They have 2 elementary school aged daughters, Sophie and Grace.
Kelly’s last day at St. Andrew will be Aug 10. She will start at St. Matthew’s on September 1.
Thank you to the Search Committee for all of the hours they gave to St. Matthew’s and the job well done!
We look forward to welcoming Kelly and her family to Louisville and St. Matthew’s. It is an exciting time in the life of the Church.
Edie Nixon, Sr. Warden
From Rev. Kelly Kirby:
Dear Members of the St. Matthew’s community,
As I prepare for a new chapter in ministry there with you at St. Matthew’s, I am reminded that God’s grace goes with us through this transition. Together, we will be called to carry out the work of the church at St. Matthew’s and in Louisville. With calm confidence, may we proclaim God’s good news in what we do and through what we say, for there is a relevant word to share with the world about God’s love.
My prayer for you over these coming weeks is that all of our dreams will be grounded in God’s dreams of the Kingdom.
The Rev. Kelly Kirby
The Rev. Kelly Kirby comes to St. Matthew’s from Mentor, Ohio, where she served as the Rector of St. Andrew from 2007 to 2014. There, she implemented a third Sunday Eucharist; formation programming for all ages; an expansion of the food pantry program which required capital improvements; the Unbinding the Gospel program; and began a parish endowment. During her time in the Diocese of Ohio, she also served on the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Council; Diocesan Council; the Master Planning Committee for the proposed Camp and Retreat Center for the Diocese; and the Council for Congregations and Christian Formation.
Kelly previously served as Rector of Trinity, Claremont, in the Diocese of New Hampshire, where she implemented a high school feeding program, and the parish became a founding member of the United Faith Intervalley Project. Prior to that, she was Curate at All Saints’ in Pontiac, Michigan; and transitional Deacon at St. Mark’s in Berkeley, California.
She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Family and Community Services with a concentration on youth.
Kelly is originally from Royal Oak, Michigan. She is supported in her ministry by her husband, Brian, who teaches high school science; and their two elementary school aged daughters, Sophie and Grace.