August 11, 2015
Welcome Kelle J. Brown, Plymouth’s transitional Associate Minister. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Kelle brings a wealth of experience to the position, from spiritual leadership and business acumen to diversity education and community building. Currently residing in West Seattle, Kelle is mother to Indigo, age 18, who attends school at Seattle University.
Graduating with a BA in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Kelle earned her Master of Divinity from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry and is completing her Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Kelle first arrived in Seattle in 2003. After completing her Master’s, she then moved to Richmond, VA. “I was eligible for call in 2010. As female clergy, we often need to make geographical decisions,” she said. “While I would have preferred to stay in Seattle, I moved to Richmond so I could be ordained (Presbyterian). I was also called to work with homeless women.”
In addition to serving in executive capacities for homeless teen parents and helping organizations dismantle racism and sexism, Kelle provided pastoral leadership for Richmond area churches. “Richmond is very much a southern city. Although I felt very accepted, the predominantly African American church was very different from my multi-cultural experience.”
She returned to Seattle as Pastor for Mary’s Place, where she facilitated weekly empowerment and spirituality groups and worked as community liaison to other faith organizations. Focusing on teaching tangible strategies to dismantle systemic antiracist and anti-oppressive structures, Kelle also launched her Reconciling Acts Consulting service. She offers ways to consider and reflect on privilege, bias, prejudice and bigotry and provides spiritual and leadership coaching to individuals.
“The interesting thing about my move to Plymouth is that my first experience with God was in a UCC church when at age 19, I was invited to sing. That’s when I first realized there was more. In many ways, this is a homecoming for me…being an agent of change. It’s truly amazing.”
“I want to make mention of the wonderful hospitality of this church. I look forward to becoming part of this church community in a very authentic way.”
“I’m very social justice focused. I want to look at how we can be engaged in a real way with race issues. God is still speaking in this. There needs to be change, and we need to be part of it. I look forward to supporting Brigitta. It’s an honor. I look forward to seeing what God will do!” –Janice Randall