Area pastor celebrates 50 years of service

Patrick Kelly was working with the Fuller Brush Co. as a district manager with 20 dealers in his territory.

He was trasferred to Salem, OH in 1962 where he attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church, pastored by Rev. Richard Freseman.

While there, Freseman asked Pat if he would be interested in going into the ministry. After conferring with the seminary president, and taking several courses at Akron U, he decided he would enter the first class of second career students at Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Upon graduating from the seminary and being ordained by Pastor Feseman and Rev. Harry Boyer he recieved a call to Calvary Lutheran Church in Post Falls, ID.

He served that congregation for three years before recieving a call to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cardington in 1970. He ramined there for 10 years before going to Grace Lutheran Church in Marysville. From there he continued onto Zion Lutheran Church in Danville.

Pat retired from active ministry in 1995 and moved to Indian Lake, OH. He tehn did interim service in Ohio City, Middle Point and Lafayette, OH.

He ended his retirement to become a designated pastor at Zion Luther Church in Springfield, OH before retiring again in 2003.

Unable to adjust to inactivity at the time, he began serving at an independent church in Port Jefferson until Word of Life Lutheran Church wished to start and MALC church in Mount Gilead.

Kelly and his wife moved to Edison, OH in 2010. He served at Word of Life Church until 2013 when he retired after open heart surgery.

The Kellys began attending St. John’s Lutheran Church in North Woodbury. Pat took over for the pastor there in 2015 and continues to serve.