Missionary Verlean Kelly was born in Canton, MS and raised in the City of Memphis, TN. She has been a member of the Life COGIC since she was 7 years old attending with her family. In 1985, at an early age, Missionary Kelly surrendered her life to the Lord during a weekend shut-in at the church and a week or so later was baptized. Missionary Kelly found her first calling in the church which was singing in the choir. She attended and sang under the direction and leadership of the late, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark in the COGIC International Convocation.
She has served in various capacities at Life COGIC: Choir President, Van Driver, and as the Church Secretary and Personal Secretary to the Founding Pastor, the late Elder Curley Hamilton. In May 2011, Missionary Kelly graduated from MAAI and received her COGIC Evangelist Missionary’s License in Headquarters Jurisdiction under the leadership of Mother Geraldine E. Miller, Jurisdictional Supervisor and the late Bishop J.O. Patterson, Jr., the Jurisdictional Prelate. She is a living testimony of how God can restore you and make you whole again to be used for His Will and Glory.