Our Pastor

Reverend Kelly Shiflett

I was born, raised and trained in the Southern Baptist Denomination (SBD). I felt the call into full time ministry at the early age of fourteen and went to Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) to begin my training. Ouachita was a built to train ministers for the Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana territories back in the 1880s and still meets that need to this day.  That said, getting a BA in Religion (ministry tract) was in fact seminary training, right down to the Hebrew and Greek classes.

While attending OBU, religion majors were encouraged to serve local churches. I pulpit supplied, did Summer youth ministry and was a chaplain for one of the Arkansas Children’s homes during my time at OBU. I graduated in 1988 with a BA in Religion/Philosophy and a minor in Speech.

From OBU I went to Baylor University and did graduate work in Philosophy (with and emphasis in ethics) and also in Church/State studies. While at Baylor, I ran in international boarding house for Seventh and James Baptist Church and was ordained on 31Dec1989.

I then was the Baptist Student Union Director/Campus minister for 1st Baptist Church in Iowa City for two years.  During this time I found that I was unequally yoked with the SBD and left the denomination over the issue of women’s roles in the church and ministry. I then joined the United Church of Christ (UCC) through what is known as privilege of call and began serving churches in North Carolina. Since I have been in the UCC I have had the joy of serving three of the four branches of the founding denominations-Reformed, Christian and Congregational. I have served in North Carolina, New York and now in Pennsylvania.

I have always been active in ecumenical activities and worship services.  I have chaired in various Councils of Churches, Ministeriums and community committees in an attempt to build the body of Christ. Over the past two and a half years, I have had the joy of worshiping with Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church and have been able to share in common ministries, such as the East York Food Pantry, River’s Edge Community Services and community worship services, etc.

I look forward to embarking on this journey with you. 


Rev. Ira Kelly Shiflett

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 20 11-13