Kelly Ryan

Communications Specialist, The Evaluation and Communications Project at the Center for Congregations

The Rev. Deacon Kelly Ryan works to strengthen the communication capacity of Lilly Endowment grantees in religion through the Evaluation and Communications Project at the Indianapolis Center for Congregations. From 2020 through June 2023, she facilitated a learning community of grantees as the director of the Thriving Congregations Coordination Program. Prior to that, she spent 12 years as senior director of communications for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, overseeing its online learning resource Faith & Leadership, after working as a communications strategist and newspaper reporter. Kelly is a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, helping the Bishops’ Office to equip congregations across the diocese in family and children’s ministry and also serving at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham. She also serves on the diocese’s reparations and restitution committee and is a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. She has a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

‘I eat Christ.’

A two-year-old’s joy at taking communion reminds us that the resurrection is about saying yes, writes Kelly Gilmer.

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Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative

A new grant is available to support endeavors that help children come to know and love God and grow in faith.

The Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative aims to support programs that help congregations strengthen worship and prayer practices that respect how children experience God and express their faith, include children with disabilities, draw upon the arts, create opportunities for Bible storytelling, and connect worship to the daily lives of children and families.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. (ET) on May 6, 2024.

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