Coming Home: Kelly Carnahan Story
Kelly Carnahan (and his wife Wendy) is the new Senior Pastor at Rocky Mountain Alliance Church in Rocky Mountain House. Here is the story of God’s call for him to come back home to Alberta.
My wife (Wendy) and I are originally from Alberta. I grew up in Drayton Valley and my wife grew up in Edmonton. We met at Canadian Bible College (CBC) in Regina and my graduating class was the last class before CBC moved to Calgary. As we were graduating we were looking for where God might have us serve. We followed His calling to Cody Missionary Alliance Church, in Cody, Wyoming. We pastored in Cody for almost 13 years. 10 and a half as their youth pastor and the past couple of years as their associate. To be honest we loved it in Cody and would have been OK if God left us there to finish out our lives and ministry. But through different circumstances and being approached by our District Superintendent (DS) to pray about taking the role of Lead Pastor in a couple of churches, God started loosening our roots and preparing us for the change. As we were praying about where God might be leading us and trying to follow His direction, we learned about Rocky Alliance. We are coming from a fairly large church with quite a few staff and one that has an elder-led leadership style – where we co-pastored the church together with the elders. I wanted to be a part of a church that had a similar, and what I believe, a biblical philosophy in leading a church. I love working and doing ministry as a team and was excited that Rocky desired to be an elder-led church as well. So that, along with many shared interests with the immediate community of Rocky, had us feeling that this might be where God was leading us. And it turned out to be the case!
I am looking forward to seeing how God wants to use us as a family and us as a church to reach the lost in this community. We are praying through further staffing needs and I am looking forward to working with, and doing ministry alongside, whoever God brings to serve with us here.
Coming from the United States after so long, there are many cultural differences and even governmental red tape to moving back with three American kids. All in all, I think that the family is adjusting pretty well, we have been welcomed tremendously by our new church family, but there are a lot of friendships that are missed with the move.
My wife and I will have been married for 14 years as of August 3, 2016 and we have three kids ages 10, 8, and 6. We love camping and adventuring. We love hanging out at the lake and we like hunting and fishing and all outdoor activities. I love to motorcycle and play any sport I can.
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