Kelsey Burns French has been the pastor of Hopkins and South Monterety UMCs since July 2020.
Pastor Kelsey’s faith has been nurtured by growing up an active child of the church at Clarkston United Methodist Church, attending and counseling at Lake Louise Christian Camp, and being a leader in spiritual life while attending Albion College. She is currently a local-licensed pastor, but is working toward ordination as an Elder in the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Hopkins and South Monterey UMCs are Pastor Kelsey’s first full-time pastor appointment, as she just graduated with a Master in Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Spring 2020. While at Garrett, she served as student pastor to Urban Village Church, Edgewater and Humboldt Park UMC. She has also spent time interning at Clarkston UMC and Kalamazoo First UMC, and was a volunteer chaplain at Chelsea Retirement Community. Before seminary, she studied Psychology and Spanish at Albion College and enjoyed being involved in many student organizations.
Kelsey is newly married to Brennen French, who is a freelance artist and a lover of movies, a wide variety of music, and animals. Kelsey loves books (and now, being out of school, actually gets to read them!), good food, and watching the Great British Bake-Off.
Pastor Kelsey’s Office Hours are by appointment Tuesday-Thursday. Her Sabbath is Friday.