Kelly Bean is Cultivator of Third Saturday organic community which has gathered in her living room for 24 years. She is co-planter of Urban Abbey, an egalitarian inter-generational intentional community in North Portland. Urban Abbey is forming with values of sustainability, earth-keeping, authenticity and reconciliation with a commitment to learn from and root in this ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood.
A pastor, speaker, writer, mentor, activist and artist, Kelly is passionate about creating environments that seed deep community with diverse groups. Kelly has been creating and leading strategic networks for women in ministry for the past 10 years, four years with National Emerging Women Leaders Initiative and six years founding and leading Convergence, a network for women leading in the Way of Jesus. She is authoring a book with Baker Books, How to Be a Christian Without Going to Church, is contributor to a Fuller Seminary publication on the Church in Contemporary Culture and has written for E-Florescence, Mutuality and Idea-Lab magazines.
She is co-founder and Executive Director of African Road, an International NGO partnering in friendship with African leaders who are creating community collectives and working for transformation, empowerment and sustainability with people on the margins in their communities.
Her marvelous Harley-riding husband Ken is her best cheerleader. Married for 29 years, they are parents of two adult daughters and a teenaged son and grandparents to one beautiful five- year-old boy.