The Kellums – Rick & Lisa
We are both overjoyed and humbled to represent Alderwood as missionaries. What a privilege! Allow us to share a bit about ourselves: We have been on staff with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade) for 40 years. We both have our roots in the Pacific Northwest. Lisa is from Portland and graduated from Portland State (Marketing). Previous staff assignments include: Josh McDowell ministries in Dallas, campus area staff team in Portland, and at CRU’s headquarters in San Bernardino, CA (HR & ministry to international students). Rick is from Bellevue and is a proud graduate of the UW (BA in Speech Therapy). He also has an MA in Biblical Studies from the International School of Theology (CA). Previous staff assignments include: music ministry based in Germany and a ministry to international students in San Bernardino, CA.
From 1994-2013, we lived and ministered in France working with college students, interns, and staff. We most recently lived in the city of Rennes (N.W. France), where Rick served as the local campus team leader from 1999 to 2005. Then for four years Rick oversaw training for new staff and interns for CRU in France. From 2010-2013, he focused on local ministry, primarily in the campus ministry in evangelism and discipleship. He coordinated the training for local new staff as well. Lisa had a wonderful ministry with students and staff women in discipleship, training, and mentoring. She was also involved ministering to women in Rennes as well as a great ministry of hospitality from our home.
We moved back to the U.S. in 2013 in order to be closer to our aging mothers and college-aged boys. From Fall 2013- Summer 2020, we worked with international students and scholars at UW. Since Fall 2020 we serve with Cru City in Seattle. This is a community-based ministry focusing on outreach to neighbors, partnering with churches and faith-based organizations, and mentoring & equipping believers to have a ministry where God has placed them. We also partner with and are on the leadership team of Alderwood’s Compassion Center.
We’ve been at Alderwood since November 2013. The Lord clearly directed us here and has confirmed that over and over! Rick co-leads a weekly men’s group and play the drums occasionally. Lisa is on the prayer team and hospitality team. We also co-lead a mixed (couples & singles) LifeGroup in our home and both joyfully serve with the Compassion Center. We have four great kids, and 2 daughter-in-laws: Nathan (fiancée Clara), Gabe (wife Alli), Nicolas (wife Juliette), and Mallory. Thank you SO much for your encouragement, love, prayers, and support. They mean so much to us!