James Kelly

As the founder of FaithTech, James is passionate about igniting conversations, collaborations and creations in the tech space for Jesus.


James Kelly

Evidence of James’ entrepreneurship was apparent long before he started a career - he knew that he wanted to create and contribute something of value and pursued ways of doing just that.

At the age of 17 he wrote, produced and performed his first music album. At 19 he co-founded a media company creating faith-based music videos that incorporated original music, speaking and video with one message.

He was one of the first graduates from Dalhousie University’s Bachelors of Commerce with the specialization in Entrepreneurship. He married his best friend Karen and before welcoming their son, Judah, they embarked on some formative experiences together. Living in Kajo Keji, South Sudan for three months while doing missions work introduced them to a new level of poverty and heartache. The experience deepened their desire to help those experiencing this kind of circumstance and hopelessness.

As God’s calling for him became more clear, James pursued and earned a Masters of Divinity from McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. Soon after, he and Karen helped strategically launch Radiant City Church with roughly 20 others, intentionally moving into neighbourhoods in need within the city, continuing their passion to share the Gospel and the tangible hope of Christ in some of the city’s darkest areas.

After attending a leadership conference in October 2015 where he heard the statement, “In the midst of devastation, there is an opportunity for innovation,” James was propelled to pursue innovation to help the poor and spread the Gospel of Jesus in new ways. He saw the opportunity the church could have if it would use technology to transform the way it is impacting and interacting with the world that surrounds it and needs Jesus.

And thus sparked what has now become a movement. FaithTech.

James quit his full-time recruitment business near the end of 2016 to focus all his effort on the FaithTech movement.

Ever ready to encourage a conversation, James is an experienced public speaker. He’s spoken to a variety of audiences over 150 times, covering topics such as:

  • A Biblical Theology of Technology and Innovation
  • The history of FaithTech and the growing movement of Tech & Christianity working together
  • Cultural Trends and the Future of Tech
  • Digital Addiction
  • The Idolatry of Technology
  • The Opportunity of Technology
  • How can churches leverage Tech
  • Why Tech matters more than ever before!

To invite James to speak at your church or event contact FaithTech.

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