Pastor Nicole Kelly

Pastor Nicole grew up in the Chicagoland area, choosing nearby Valparaiso University in Indiana for her undergraduate degree in Theology with minors in Psychology and Social Work. She then began her graduate studies and seminary training at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, later completing them and graduating with her MDiv from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

While awaiting a call, Pastor Nicole served as the Children, Youth, and Family Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Mt. Healthy neighborhood of Cincinnati. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection called Pastor Nicole to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2012 and she has served since with a grateful heart.

She is passionate about worship, contemplative practices and ministries, ministry with families and youth, and about LCR’s justice efforts—especially those among the LGBTQIA+ community.

On her days off, you can find Pastor Nicole enjoying a good book, bingeing episodes of the latest Sci-Fi/Fantasy series, practicing yoga, or solving puzzles and playing board games with her husband Jay, a Mechanical Engineer in GE’s Aviation Department and daughter Rachel, a student at Wilson Elementary School.

Meet our staff

Karen Leupen
Church Administrator
Jason Leupen
Digital Technology Specialist
Matthew Mauro, DMA
Director of Music
Stephanie Ewing
Digital Marketing Specialist