Pastor's Bio

Biography of Reverend C. J. Kelly
Reverend Carolyn “C.J.” Kelly is a bold and authoritative, chosen woman of God.  She acknowledged her calling in 1984 while serving under the leadership of the late Reverend Arthur C. Lowe, II at Faith Tabernacle Christian Church in Hallandale , FL. After the passing of Reverend Lowe in 1987, she united with Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Miami , Florida , Pastored by Bishop Victor T. Curry. 

In 1991, Bishop Curry followed God’s direction to begin the New Birth Baptist Church Ministries in Miami , Florida .  Reverend Kelly along with 13 others were the founders of this great ministry which has now grown to exceed 10,000 members.  In 1994, she received her ministerial license and was ordained in 1997. She faithfully served as Associate Pastor and bible teacher at New Birth Baptist Church for over 13-years. While at New Birth, God revealed the vision and exalted her to the position of Pastor of the New Birth Faith Tabernacle Christian Baptist Church in Hallandale , Florida . In March of 2004, she humbly and graciously returned as Pastor to the same church where she initially acknowledged her calling, 23 years before.

Her dedication to ministering the Word of God to the whole world can be seen in every facet of her living. She is a woman of power who strives to make a positive impact in the lives of all that she meets. Reverend Kelly is the adored wife of her beloved husband for 37 years and they are proud parents of four wonderful children and five beautiful grandchildren. Reverend Kelly is known throughout the South Florida Tri-County area for her compassion and love towards others, as well as, for being a wonderful lifestyle orator and teacher of the gospel.

As a firm believer in education and its importance, Reverend Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and she continues her studies in Business Administration at Barry University and has also studied Theology at Trinity International University . She is the Assistant General Manager of the gospel radio station, AM 1490 WMBM in Miami , FL.   The inspirational voice of Reverend C.J. Kelly can be heard daily as she graces the airwaves during the “Midday with C.J.” show from 10AM to 3PM EST. She can also be heard via the internet at  Before she began her career in Broadcast Journalism, she served 18 years in the finance and commercial banking industry.  She is also the CEO and founder of CJK Ministries and Unique Productions, a promotional, sales, marketing, and public service organization.

Reverend Kelly has been featured on “Inside Gospel”, a syndicated nation-wide radio show. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her dedication to the community: The Tri-City Community Association, Inc. awarded her for Outstanding Community Service as a Clergywoman. Koininia Worship Center of Hollywood, Florida bestowed her with a 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award for her community leadership. She was also honored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Chairman, Dr. Barbara Carey-Shula for Outstanding Community Leadership for her hard-work and dedication to the Civil Rights cause in Miami-Dade County , In addition, she was recognized by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Dorrin E. Rolle for her untiring service and dedication to improving the quality of life for others.  P.U.L.S.E. (People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality), selected Reverend Kelly, as an honoree for her invaluable service and commitment to the African American Community at Large; these are just a few of the many accolades that  Rev. Kelly has received in her efforts to improve the quality of life of others.

In her quest to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, Reverend Kelly hopes that many lives are changed in a spectacular way for the glorification of God. She hopes that by spreading the gospel of Christ through her humble voice, hearts will be provoked to seek God earnestly and diligently in ways never seen before. Her hearts desire is to be in the perfect will of God each day that she lives and to help those who stand in need, in the most proficient way possible.