Zach and Kara’s desire is to share the Gospel of Christ with military students as they live life alongside them and invest in their lives and relationships with Jesus. They are thrilled to be a part of Cadence Team Kadena in Okinawa, Japan. Although students usually only have three to four years in their ministry, because of quick assignment rotations in the military, they have a very unique opportunity to mobilize that young disciple of Christ to share His message wherever they go. The military community is one of the most capable and powerful mobilization forces for the Gospel going forward in the nations. This is what excites their hearts and is what fuels them in ministry with military students.
Zach and Kara believe in the Holy Trinity; that God became man as Jesus Christ and that He suffered a propitiatory death in the place of those who would place their faith in Him alone: past, present, and future.
They both came to know Christ in their later teenage years. After they were married, they were discipled and invested in by Cadence missionaries, which was where they began to have a deep love for Christ and His plan for their lives. After leaving active duty, God gave them clear direction as they pursued His calling to full-time ministry with Cadence.
Zach and Kara are originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas. They served in the USAF for three years in Okinawa, where they met Cadence International, which became a second family for them. They also have three children: Genesis (“G”), Naomi (“Omi”), and Ezekiel (“Zeke”).
The Kellys are so excited to live and do ministry in Okinawa. The girls are currently enrolled in Japanese Public School and Ezekiel stays home and gets lots of one-on-one time with Mommy and Daddy (of which he is a huge fan).