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Benji Kelley is the founding pastor of newhope church Central Campus in Durham, NC and multi-site campuses throughout the Carolina’s, and Kenya.
Pastor Benji is from Sumter, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1994. He then studied at Duke University’s Divinity School where he received two Masters Degrees in Divinity and The Theology and Practice of Christian Preaching. The Kelley family then traveled to Kentucky where he received his Doctoral Degree in Christian Leadership and Preaching from the prestigious Beeson Pastor Program at Asbury Theological Seminary. After graduation, Pastor Benji came to North Carolina and started newhope church in 2002 with his wife Amy Lynn.
newhope currently ministers to over 7,000 people. With an emphasis on leadership development, outreach, and a multi-site ministry where reverence meets relevance, newhope is a thriving community of faith spreading throughout the world. Currently, newhope church has 9 campuses in North and South Carolina, with its most recent campus being launched in Kenya Africa. The 2020 Vision for newhope entails launching 15 newhope campuses by the year 2020! newhope has become a sprawling network of church campuses committed to a clear Vision to Reach people for Jesus, Teach the Bible, and Release fully devoted followers and other churches to the glory of God!
Outreach Magazine has listed newhope church as one of the top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in the United States for 4 year in a row. Pastor Benji recently authored his first book titled, Preaching to Connect Truth to Life. (Copyright 2012) Currently, he is working on his second book titled, “Wrecked – a Head on Collision with Jesus and the Birth of New Hope.”
At the end of the day, newhope church can only be described as a, “God Thing.” Any words, stories, or adjectives fall woefully short of what has taken place since 2002. In twelve short years, newhope has seen steady growth averaging between 40 – 67% annually. Thankfully, that growth is not just in numbers but involves thousands of salvations, baptisms, missions trips around the world, small groups, ministry participation, and newhopers actively engaged in investing and inviting their friends to Christ and/or the newhope environment! We praise God for this harvest!
Pastor Benji lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Amy Lynn, and together they have five children.