Michael Kelley is a huge Vol for Life, bleeding orange. He graduated from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) in the Spring of 2017 with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries (M.Div.) and was subsequently ordained a year later by his church. Before that he graduated high school from Fayette Academy in May 2009 and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM), earning a B.A. in History.
He began his first ministry, the Bible Study Now Institute (BSN), in September 2008 as a High School Senior with a burden to reach lost souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ after encountering the atheist community on YouTube. The name of that original ministry was based upon the Lord’s Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and a passage from James 4:13-14 (NLT):
13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
He began to put out numerous videos, articles, and other resources for Christians on topics such as Abortion, the identity of Jesus Christ as the God-Man, and even information on the UFO phenomenon, strongly believing that the saints ought to have an answer for every idea, worldview, or doctrine to which lost people are falling prey. The Lord states in 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV):
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
After having attended MABTS, he closed the chapter on the BSN and began Glory Waters Christian Institute in September 2017. It is his hope that with the Lord’s guidance, he can help churches spiritually thrive and help saints to remember their history and be firmly grounded in the fundamental convictions of the Christian faith.