A 5th generation Californian, Kellor Smith loves her work with youth and their families. Coming from a childhood of divorce and blended families long before it was cool, she was grateful for her family and the wonderful adult friends who taught her the importance of relationships with each other and with God.
With a double major in Child Psychology and Children’s Television from Mills College in Oakland, California, she set out to help reach youth through media. She wrote language arts curriculum for the Oakland and Richmond Public Schools based on national TV shows and worked for local TV stations. Yet God had other plans. Kellor was drawn into ministry for children and youth. As a paid lay person on staff, she has continued to work for over 25 years at St John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California. “With new kids every year it never gets dull.”
Her mission statement is to have children and youth build, understand, respond to, and incorporate into their lives a relationship with God that is transformative to them and others. She has done this through hands-on leadership and development of programs in church school, youth ministry, parent and youth education programs, confirmation (CnC) and outreach. In 2006, she led a mission trip of 34 youth to New Orleans to help in the rebuilding of the city and led trips to Puerto Rico and Washington State in 2008 and 2010. She will be returning to New Orleans with a new group of youth this summer
She and her husband have a son who loves pirates and a daughter who loves gymnastics. She loves sleep.