A CME Leader of his Generation

Heath was raised in Woodbury, Georgia. In 1988, while a student at Augusta University, he was lead to "Mother Trinity" where he served as an active young adult working as a youth counselor, singing in the choir, and a VBS teacher. After accepting his call to preach at the Georgia Leadership School, he was licensed to preach at Trinity. He was ordained deacon, and ordained elder, and voted into Full Connection in the
Georgia Annual Conference.

He has pastored in the Sixth, Fifth, and First Episcopal Districts before serving his present assignment as a grateful pastor of the wonderful leaders and members of Carter Metropolitan of Fort Worth, Texas in the 8th Episcopal District.

Officer and a Servant of the Lord

As a Commissioned Army Officer ROTC, he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration-management in 1992 at Augusta University. He went on to complete Army Chaplaincy School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey in 1995. He has earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education at Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He also earned a Doctorate of Theology in 2016 from International Theological Seminary.

Constant Leader During the Pandemic

In 2011, Kelby was elected as President of Phillips School of Theology Alumni Association. He is also Dean of the Eighth Episcopal District Leadership Training Institute, a role he now handles in addition to various coordination efforts for summer school.

As someone who is a third-generation teacher, he appreciates the enormity of serving a community in need during the pandemic. Our Drive-Thru Ministry, food and health drives as well other ministries addressed the social, economic, political and educational needs of our community.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, sons, family, and serving with the members of the church and their families, traveling and writing, studying and reading books. He also enjoys personal devotion, physical fitness, movies, and sports.