Ralph Kelly, M.Div.
Appreciative Inquiry Unlimited
3 Thorpe Ct
Williamsburg, VA 23188
For 30 years, Ralph was priest in the Episcopal Church, focusing on the development and redevelopment of congregations. Prior to that he was employed in the corporate area in management and training in customer and client relations. His work in the church focused on helping people create meaningful relationships and creative, healthy communities. He served as consultant to congregations and judicatory organizations in areas such as stewardship, church growth and development, education and congregation life.
His work with Michael Dwinell’s Imaginal Transformation; with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ transitions; and as a trained experiential learning facilitator have shaped his work with people. For two decades he created his own learning laboratory by founding and then directing camping experiences for the multiply handicapped, a community which teaches patience, flexibility and the capacity to embrace and appreciate difference and diversity as great gifts.
He founded a medical mission to Honduran villages for the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, traveling there to share the gift of physical health in exchange for great lessons in the common humanity of all people.
He has applied Appreciative Inquiry in his work, helping organizations, groups and individuals focus on the creative and generative in their lives. Ralph, with Jane, has created a retreat for couples that is grounded in the perspective offered by Appreciative Inquiry. Currently he is developing other retreats for the “FOCUS” series discernment, families, and for those who wish to write.