Hello! I’m Kellye. I think it’s amazing that I can grow a tomato. I love chips and salsa and also the Bible (not equally). I go for walks most days and try to notice things. I read. I’m on a journey…aren’t we all? One more thing: I think God’s grace is much more expansive than we could ever imagine.
Author. Pastor. Mom. Wife. Friend.
I work at Willow Creek Community Church as the Pastor of Protection, Conciliation, and Doctrinal Casework. It’s a complicated title and complicated, redemptive, and Spirit-filled work.
I’ve done a lot of school…I love to learn. So, I went to law school and was a lawyer for many years. Then, I got into full-time ministry and went to seminary to get a masters degree in the New Testament.
In my free time I read novels, poetry, theology books, short stories and pretty much anything with words.
I’ve been married to Steve (love of my life and gifted preacher) since July 2017, and we have three daughters between us. Jamie is mine and she’s had an incalculable impact on my life and faith. I’m loving getting to know and love Steve’s girls, Jaclyn and Kalyn, a social worker and Chicago Public School teacher.
Then, there’s writing. When I was six, I told everyone that when I grew up, I would be a writer, live on Cape Cod, and have 12 kids. Well, one of these turned out to be true. I’ll leave it to you to guess which one. Actually, I’ll just tell you: I’m a writer. I’ve been writing all my life about all kinds of things. If you explore on my website a bit, you’ll see lots of poetry and short observations. I’ve also written out my faith story as it unfolded after a dramatic conversion experience in 2008. I’ve written two novels and they are safely stored in their original format in a closet. I’ve written hundreds of legal memoranda and briefs having been a lawyer for 13 years.
I’ve published one book and there’s another one on the way. The first is called Sacred Questions: A Transformative Journey Through the Bible. In so many ways, this book is a culmination of all my writing and in some ways it’s a brand new expression of who I am. The second book, called Holy Vulnerability: Spiritual Practices for the Broken, Ashamed, Anxious, and Afraid comes out in the summer of 2021. The idea for this book arose on a flight to Zambia as I pulled out all the things I use to cope with my fear of flying and realized in a singular moment that my coping practices kept me from encountering God. So, in the book, I offer six practices for the body to help us open to God and the work he desires to do in us even (especially?) when we’re broken, ashamed, anxious, and afraid.