Kelly performing a wedding in Guatemala

Kelly Soifer is the Director of Recruiting and Leadership Development for the Free Methodist Church in Southern California and is a 30-year youth ministry veteran with the church and Young Life. She has taught religious studies at the high school level, and currently serves on the adjunct faculty at Westmont College in the Department of Religious Studies, where she teaches the internships and the Senior Seminar courses.

Part of her role with the Free Methodist Church includes management of our  internships program on behalf of the Center for Transformational Leadership. She started the internship program in 2011, drawing students from Azusa Pacific University and Westmont College. We have deployed 50 interns since then into churches, community non-profits, business and higher education.


Sites and Social Media

Publications, Articles and Essays

Youthworker Journal

Touching on issues related to youth ministry including missions, leadership development, community service, grief counseling, social media and technology, small groups ministry, and teaching philosophy to teens.


A ministry of the Center for Youth Ministry Training. Kelly has written multiple articles related to all aspects of youth ministry for youth pastors, educators and parents, found here: http://www.cymt.org/author/kelly/

Conversations Journal

Produced and edited by Renovare. Brief articles on spiritual formation.

Fuller (Seminary) Youth Institute

Half a dozen articles on parenting and youth ministry.

Light and Life Communications (Free Methodist Church USA)

Featured in fall issue related to the Center for Transformational Leadership.

4-Article Series on Leadership Development

1. Taking Risk

2. Four Simple Rules

3. Going Through

4. Moving In



It’s Good to Belong. 

October 2011 issue on technology and theology.

August 2013- 4 article series on leadership development


Contributing author to When Kids Hurt: Help for Adults Navigating the Adolescent Maze by Chap Clark.

Contributing author (entire chapter) to It Happens: True Tales from the Trenches of Youth Ministry by Will Penner.

Public Speaking

Westmont College Chapel speaker, March 2016

Westmont College Chapel speaker, March 2012

APU Chapel speaker, November 19, 2012

Westmont College First-Year Retreat, September 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Azusa Pacific University Action Team Retreat 2013