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Kelly Degnan

Christian Speaker
Greene New York 13778

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Helping you understand and apply Scripture for lasting life change

Helping you understand and apply Scripture for lasting life change

Contact Information

Location
Greene, NY 13778
United States

Speaking Ministry Details

  • Salvation Date
  • 1994
  • Home Church
  • Berean Bible Church of Greene, NY
  • Relationship to Church
  • Member of
  • Available for
  • Conferences, Keynotes, Retreats, Workshops
  • Speaking Experience
  • Just Starting (0-9 events)
  • Fee Range
  • Love Offering

More About Kelly Degnan


My name is Kelly Degnan, in December of 1994, God brought someone into my life to mirror my sin, and because of that He radically changed my heart and life.  Before that moment, I was sexually immoral, looked for love in all the wrong places....I lied, I stole, all the while, justifying why it was ok...but it wasn't ok, not to God.  To this day it's the thing I am the most thankful for; God's mercy to not give me what I deserved--punishment for my sin, and gave me what I didn't deserve--salvation and the gift of eternal life through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Two days after I was saved, I bought a study Bible and started reading.  Several things happened in my first grade year, when learning to read was crucial, including a major car accident, that kept me out of school for extended periods of time, so I've never been able to read well, and my reading comprehension is terrible, so it took a pain-staking effort for me to know and understand the truths taught in God's Word.  I had to work very hard at it, looking up words constantly, and having to re-read passages many times, along with praying for God to give me understanding.  

Several weeks after my conversion, the Lord started convicting me about living with my boyfriend, we had been dating for five years, living together for three of those years.  So I moved out, wanting desperately to honor God.  My boyfriend at the time, proposed, I accepted, we were married in August of 1995.  We were two very volatile people, and I managed to keep us fighting all the time because I refused to give up my right to be right, my right to be heard, or my right to have a say.  This went on for years, and I proceeded to leave several times, but God, in His infinite wisdom, wanted me in that marriage, so He just kept bringing me back, and I am so thankful that He did.  God continued to reveal His character and attributes from His Word, and grew my faith and trust in Him as each year went by.

When I was first saved, I was attending a Lutheran church.  We lived in New Mexico at the time.  Then my husband and I started attending a little Baptist church down the street from us, and were there for several years.  They started a Bible Institute where I took classes each week.  Because I don't learn quite the same as other people, God proceeded to home school me for the past 24 years.  

We had a son in the year 2000, Roger and I named him Noah, which means "rest or comfort", and he had definitely been that for us!

God revealed His will through my husband, and then confirmed it through me, that we were to move to upstate New York where my husband grew up.  I had no friends there, I had been in New Mexico for 13 years, it was a huge leap of faith.  So we packed up and moved in 200`.

We started attending a local Baptist church, my husband and I occasionally did special music together, he can sing and is an awesome guitar player by the way.  I can carry a tune, that's all I will say about that.  God started giving me opportunities to teach Vacation Bible School, teach teen Sunday School classes, and then in 2007 God spoke very clearly to my heart and let me know that He was preparing a speaking ministry.  What's interesting about that is, even though I love to talk, and I know that my spiritual gifts are speaking in nature, that doesn't mean I am capable of giving a talk in front of people.  I grew up an approval addict, I was terrified of criticism, I'm a random thinker, not methodical and sequential, so putting a talk together with a logical beginning, middle and end was close to impossible for me.  But what I realized was that God chooses the way that HE can receive the most glory through us, and calling me to do what I was least naturally qualified to do was how He was going to accomplish that through me.  I was excited and terrified at the very same time. So I started praying about it, and asked the Lord to just bring it about however He was going to, and shortly there after, my pastor asked me if I wanted to give the talk at the Mother's day ladies luncheon, I accepted, and I watched God do a most incredible work as He helped me study, helped me put the talk together and get it all organized...He dazzled me! 

A short time after that, God started giving me the desire to teach a workshop at an annual ladies conference called the Ladies Advance, but that year, for whatever reason, my pastor's wife was asked to do a workshop and I wasn't, so I felt confused, but just waited and kept it in prayer, then later that year, the woman who was in charge of that event called me and asked me if I wanted to teach a workshop at the next Ladies Advance, well, I was speechless, which doesn't happen often, and she asked if I wanted to pray about it, and I told her I WAS praying about it, and she said "good, because so was I".  So again I watched the Lord enable me from start to finish, with all the glory going to His name.  

That happened several more times, then all of the sudden, God moved me from any kind of public speaking, to a one-on-one ministry, as if to say "Kelly, your knowledge goes far beyond your experience, I need to give you some time to live what you are going to talk to women about later". In 2009 my husband made the decision for us as a family to start attending a non-denominational church, we have been faithfully attending there for nine years so far. My husband started playing on the worship team at some point, I started helping out in the youth group, and taught a ladies Sunday school class for a time.

 Fast forward to 2011, I had been at home with my son since 2000, and now my husband was pressuring me to get a job, though my heart was in ministry.  I spent most of my time meeting with women, counseling, consoling, encouraging from God's Word, I didn't want to give that up...when would I have time, I thought.  And I was studying in Ephesians 5 at the time, where women are  commanded to "submit to their husbands", and I wasn't.  God brought me under heavy conviction and I confessed it as sin.  Now I had been a certified personal fitness trainer off and on since 1994, so I went into a local gym and asked to talk to the manager.  We talked for over an hour, and I saw God do something amazing, He gave me instant and supernatural favor with her, which enabled me to freely talk about God to whom ever, when ever the opportunity arose.  

But the most incredible thing I saw the Lord do in response to my wiling obedience, was fruit!  Spiritual fruit everywhere I turned!  And it wasn't until then, that I could see how much fruit all the efforts I was making on God's behalf in the lives of others, wasn't bearing before that.  Now I will not bash my husband, I will just say that we have had a volatile marriage, and it's been a difficult emotional roller coaster to be ride....but one that God has given me not only the desire to stay on, but the ability to endure as well.  I started begging God "change me first!"  I stopped worrying what my husband was or wasn't doing wrong, and started concentrating on what I could do differently.  And God started responding, and changing my heart, and giving me a greater capacity to love my husband, not based on how he behaved, but based on how God loves us--unconditionally and sacrificially.  

That decision to choose to love God's way, not the world's way, changed my heart, my life and my marriage, and....my Christian witness and testimony.  God has set me on a platform, to motivate, inspire, teach and encourage women spiritual identity--Position, Possession, and Practice--who we are, and how we are equipped to live like who we are in Christ.  When we truly understand how we are completely forgiven, completely loved, we have all value, all worth, all approval, we have peace, we have joy, all in our identity in Christ, it will cause a lasting life change, I promise!

Kelly Degnan Speaking Topics


Happily ever after vs. Holy ever after

From the time we are little girls, we dream of living "happily ever after"....It's why we get addicted to "chick flicks", I can't tell you how many times...


Choose to love, it will transform your marriage!

My husband and I used to fight almost every weekend, in fact we fought more than we got along unfortunately, can anyone relate? Are you weary from it too? Then God radically changed...

Posted by Kelly Degnan on 07/02/2018


Deciding to trust God, easier said than done

I will never forget the year that God literally threw me down on my face, humbled me, and brought me to the stark realization that I SAID I trusted Him, but I wasn't LIVING like...

Posted by Kelly Degnan on 06/30/2018


If we are a billboard for Christ, what does yours say?

Have you ever wondered, if we are now "the light of the world", why on earth do we have to be commanded to "let our light shine"? (Matt. 5) Why doesn't it...


How to build Endurance for Perseverance

Maybe things are challenging in your marriage, or you are patiently waiting for God to change the heart of unbelieving family member or friend, or you are living with a chronic illness,...


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Submitted by Friend on Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

Mrs. Kathryn Abbey

Kelly’s innate ability to bring understanding to God’s written Word is amazing. Her authenticity is inspiring and empowering for all who want to live in a deeper, more nourished relationship with our Lord and Savior.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Friend on Friday, Aug 03, 2018

Connie Terwilliger

Attended a seminar in which Kelly spoke. She connected real life with scripture. She was easy to follow and l enjoyed her teaching.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Berean Bible Church on Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

Heather Kerrigan

Wonderful speaker! Kelly is excellent at explaining God's word in a way that is relevant and inspiring. She spoke at our Ladies Retreat and everyone loved her. We had feedback that people were very impressed by her biblical wisdom and her talk, "Endurance for Perseverance" was outstanding. Kelly has a great amount of biblical knowledge on any subject, and can relate to women of all ages. She is kind, and always goes out of her way to talk one-on-one with anyone that has a need. She has a great sense of humor, too. I highly recommend Kelly Degnan!

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

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