Chuck Kelley Preaching

Chuck Kelley is president emeritus and distinguished research professor of evangelism at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Charles “Chuck” Kelley, former president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, will preach during the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2020 New Mexico Evangelism Conference, Feb. 23-24, at Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque.

Kelley served as president of NOBTS for 23 years, retiring from the position in 2018. He is currently president emeritus and distinguished research professor of evangelism at the seminary.

Kelley earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1972); a Master of Divinity in biblical studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1978); and a Doctor of Theology in preaching also from NOBTS (1983).

In 1983, following the completion of his doctoral degree, Kelley was hired by NOBTS as a professor of evangelism. From 1989 to 1996, he served as the Roland Q. Leavell professor of evangelism, and from 1993 to 1996, he served as director of the seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Growth. In 1996, he became the seminary’s eighth president. Kelley has also served as a Baptist Student Union assistant director at Baylor (1972-75) and as pastor of Ireland Baptist Church, Ireland, Texas (1971-72). Kelley is the director and founder of Innovate Evangelism.

Kelley and his wife, Rhonda, live in Fairhope, Alabama, and also maintain an apartment on the campus of NOBTS. Rhonda is an adjunct professor of women’s studies at the seminary.

The 2020 New Mexico Evangelism Conference will take place Feb. 24-25, at Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque. For more information, visit or contact Cheryl Vaughn at or (505) 924-2314.

Daniel Porter is a staff writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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