In 1996, Kelley became the 8th president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Under his leadership, New Orleans Seminary has become a leader in distance learning sites and now offers a growing number of fully-online degrees. NOBTS also maintains educational programs in prisons in both Louisiana and Mississippi, where inmates earn up to a bachelor of arts degree. The school’s goal is to make theological education accessible to anyone called by God, regardless of location.
Most notably, Kelley guided the seminary through its darkest days following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. NOBTS was the only school in New Orleans that continued all its programs and all its classes that fall despite having no access to the campus. December 2005 graduation was celebrated in Birmingham. Through the aid of Southern Baptists, the campus was rebuilt and re-opened for students, staff and faculty in August of the next year.
Katrina couldn’t blow the sugar off our beignets. – Chuck Kelley
Evangelism. Churches. New Orleans. The Southern Baptist Convention. Ministry training. The next generation of Christian leaders. These are all topics Dr. Kelley is passionate about.