Chaplain Terry Kesling is currently stationed at Fort Eustis, Newport News, VA. He serves as the Senior Protestant Chaplain. He will be retiring from active duty on June 1, 2017.
Terry and Pam have been married for 34 years. They have two daughers, Victoria and Stephanie. Victoria is married to Micah Presley, the son of Harold and Kathleen Presley (IPHC missionaries in London, England. Micah and Victoria have four children: Levi, Charlotte, Naomi and Elliana. Stephanie is married to Solon Flowers and they have three children: Haylee, Allie, and Emory.
During the years of their ministry, Terry and Pam have been ministry partners. Pam has had a vibrant ministry to military women, serving in many leadership positions in the chapel ministry: Protestant Woman of the Chapel.
Terry holds the Masters of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University, 1988, Tulsa, OK. He has the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Emmanuel College School of Christian Ministry, 1982. His ordination is currently in the North Carolina Conference of the IPHC.
[Editor's Comment: Chaplain (Colonel) Freeman Mashburn, USA Retired recruited and endorsed Terry for the Army Chaplaincy. Soon after he went on active duty, I succeeded Freeman as the Director/Endorser for the IPHC. So, for some 15 years I served as Terry's endorsing agent.
Just prior to his deployment to Afghanistan I flew to Rochester, NY, rented a car and drove to Fort Drum to visit Terry and Pam and their two girls, Victoria and Stephanie. Fort Drum is Home to the 10th Mountain Division. Terry's commander and supervisory chaplain gave him high marks for his dedicated ministry to the soldiers. Some years later, Melvine and I drove to Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC, for his promotion ceremony and dinner when his commander and Pam pinned on his gold leaf for the rank of major.
Terry comes from a good home. His grandfather was the late W. W. Carter, the Superintendent of the Virginia Conference as well as the General Treasurer for the Pentecostal Holiness Church, as well as chairman of the Falcon Children's Home Board of Trustees.
Brother W. W. Carter and his wife, Ruby Cates (an aunt to Princeton, Dean and Ruby Cates in Newnan, GA) Carter, had three daughters: Reva, Frances and June. Both June and Frances were missionaries. Frances was a missionary to India for 35 years. June was a missionary to Mexico and Argentina. Some time after the death of Elvio Canavesio's first wife, Elvio and June Carter (without the Cash) were married. They served faithfully together in World Missions until they retired. They have moved to Oklahoma City where they now reside. Both Frances and Reva are deceased. In fact, I remember that Reva, Terry's mother, died at our last General Conference which was in Dallas, TX.
No doubt there are those within driving distance of Athens, Georgia who know Terry and Pam Kesling and would like to hear Terry and Pam sing, and Terry preach. You will want to connect with them again. May I take this opportunity to welcome you to Christian Life Worship Service this Sunday morning, April 30. at 11 o'clock.
Christian Life Worship Center, formerly called Tarkenton Memorial Church, named after the late Rev. Dr. Dallas M. Tarkenton, is located at 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens. GA 30607.
Our church is located just one mile northwest of the perimeter of Athens just off US Highway 129. Turn on to Kathwood Drive. Our church is on your left.
While I am thinking of it, we still have Sunday school at Christian Life Worship Center. It begins at 10 o'clock. We have a class for every age group as well as a nursery for your little children. Come and join with us in the study of God's Word. Bring a friend or relative. You will be blessed.