Dr. Kelvin Kelley


Dr. Kelvin J. Kelley, associate professor of theology and coordinator of HSU student diversity programs, is a graduate of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where he earned the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He continued his graduate studies at HSU, receiving the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Family Ministry degrees. He completed his graduate studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, receiving the Doctor of Ministry in spiritual formation.

Prior to his appointment at HSU, Kelley founded the nonprofit organization First A Chance Eventually Success (F.A.C.E.S. Ministries, Inc.), a mentoring initiative designed to bridge the gap for underachieving young men at the high school and collegiate level. Prior to this endeavor, Kelley served as congregational pastor at the Mount Zion Baptist Church Abilene for seven years, and the Mount Zion Baptist Church Brownwood for over six years.

His community involvement experience has included serving as liaison for student development in the social and educational sectors. As a result of these passions, he served as a founder member of the Abilene P-16 Council, a state initiative for student achievement; community advisor for Abilene Independent School District’s Closing the Gaps Initiative, an emphasis on minority student achievement; Pastors Advisory Council for Big Country Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a sports-oriented endeavor to influence character development in students; Clergy Council for Big Country Emmaus, serving in the development and formation of spiritual retreats; and team advocate for the Abilene Cooper High School varsity football team. He is a member of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Angelo State University
  • Master of Divinity, Hardin-Simmons University
  • Master of Arts in Family Ministry, Hardin-Simmons University
  • Doctor of Ministry, Spiritual Formation, Abilene Christian University
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network