Benjamin Kelly

The glory of God is man fully alive - St. Irenaeus

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Where I serve

After spending my first year as a missionary in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Bowling Green, Ohio, I am thrilled to be serving on campus in Washington D.C. at George Washington University. Last year, my best friend said "yes!," and I got to marry Eliza on August 4th!! We are so excited to be serving at George Washington together, along with our awesome teammates Brendan and Lauren. Please pray for us and the students we are encountering on campus!!

My Story

In many ways, the college campus is the battleground of our culture today. College students are losing their faith, struggling with depression, falling into addiction, and taking their own lives at rates the world has never seen before. It's a place where many feel lost and alone.

That's exactly where I was my sophomore year of college, at the darkest time of my life. I had lost all faith in a God that loved me, and had nowhere to turn. Instead of allowing me to continue isolating myself, however, the FOCUS missionaries on campus kept reaching out to me, listening to me, and loving me unconditionally. At SEEK, the national FOCUS conference in 2015, the love of my friends and the hope of the 10,000 college students there broke through the walls I had put up around me, and God showed me that He doesn't just want my praise, or the parts of me that are clean and polished, He wants everything I have. He wants my mess, my darkness, and my brokenness, because He is a good, good father. I know now that I am His beloved son, and He created me to spend eternity with Him, and it's largely thanks to FOCUS missionaries that I know that.

I long for nothing more than to share with the world the love of Christ. As a full-time missionary, I have to opportunity to share life with college students, leading Bible studies, retreats, mission trips, and whatever God is calling me to! I am so excited for the adventure He has set before me.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you. Email me at [email protected] or call me at (585) 362-5250!

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …