The Diocese is delighted to announce the appointment of Stasi Kelly (pronounced same as “Stacey”) to the new role of Pioneer Youth Minister/Missioner, the Growing Faith for Generations rural post which is based in the north of the island and will offer assistance in pioneering ministry across the Diocese. Stasi moves to the island in January to take up the new post.
Stasi Kelly comes from Coventry and currently has two jobs – full-time Assistant to the Archdeacons of Coventry Diocese for the past 18 months and part time Youth Worker at St George’s Church in Coundon.
In the Coventry Diocesan post supporting the PA to the Archdeacons and Archdeacon Missioner, Stasi runs the administration for the appointments process across the Diocese; builds relationships with and supports Area Deans, Churchwardens, PCCs and lay people; and works with the Healthy Churches Development Mentor and the Natural Church Development survey process.
Previously, as Youth Café Co-ordinator for Youth for Christ in Coventry, Stasi worked with churches and youth leaders across denominations to enable strategic development of a citywide youth café network. This included development of a youth leader support network; handling the wide range of communications from database and website development, to e-newsletters and social media; plus ongoing review of achieving the project’s aims.
Her church involvement has included setting up a Sunday evening youth cell group at Walsgrave Baptist Church and building a team of volunteers. Stasi is now working with St George’s (Anglican) Church, heading up development and growth of both youth work and youth team, through cell group, youth café and annual youth residential, developing leaders and helping them to identify and grow in their own spiritual gifts. They create opportunities for young people to explore the Christian faith, providing a safe space for them to encounter Jesus. Stasi also identifies and supports junior leaders through 1-2-1 mentoring and group sessions. She creates and develops resources, heads up their social media, and ensures safe recruitment of volunteers to each group. And she’s on the preaching team and worship team of St George’s.
Stasi’s former work had included some years heading up customer services and staff training with a Sainsburys store, and then customer services for a Coventry housing association. She’s been hands on with social projects through Coventry City Mission; volunteering with the ROC Café, Foodbank, The Giving Tree, Make Lunch and Café Church.
“This is a great appointment for our mission in this diocese” says Andrew Swithinbank, Diocesan Secretary and Chairman of the Growing Faith for Generations Steering Board. "Her grounded experience in development and leadership of young people’s work and youth teams is the combination we have been aiming for."
Gill Poole, another member of the Steering Board, said "Stasi is our first diocesan appointment of a lay-lay person in ministry. We look forward to welcoming her to head up this new mission initiative as one of the Diocesan GF4G team.”
City-girl Stasi has now visited the island twice and says she has fallen in love with Isle of Man!
“Hello, my name Stasi is short for Anastasia, but I’m only ever called that when I’m in trouble! I am excited to come to live with you on the island! I am incredibly passionate about reaching out to young people by building community; somewhere to belong, a place to learn and discover identity and purpose, creating space to grow in confidence and encounter the love of Jesus. I first met Jesus six years ago and He’s completely turned my life upside down – but what an adventure!
“I love prayerfully considering the big picture of where God may be leading us, seeing where He is already at work, joining in with all He is doing and inviting others to participate in the bigger picture of what the Father is doing. One of the things that excites me about this role is the ‘open door’ in the North of the island – there could be so many possibilities of what God could do! I was particularly encouraged by the conversation with Andrew Swithinbank, where he explained that there are a number of people who are excited and have ideas as to what could be started – knowing there is already a core group of passionate, expectant and excited people is thrilling!
“I’m completely new to island life so, if you see a bewildered, red-headed, glasses wearing, thirty-year-old – looking a bit lost and in need of cake – do come over, say hello and lead me to the nearest coffee shop! I’m so looking forward to meeting you and am praying for you and the young people of the island; God has an adventure planned for us, are you ready?”
Stasi has a BA (Hons) in English from Coventry University. Her interests are walking/rambling, reading novels and theological books, calligraphy, watercolour painting and spending time with friends.
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