The mission of the Temple of the Living God is to assist people in their spiritual awakening and support them through education, healing, love and service.
Many find a home for their heart and their spirit at the Temple of the Living God. We are a spiritual family that recognizes each person as an integral part of our ministry. We support all people in their individual journey to know the Divine and to find hope, healing, prosperity and peace. Our philosophy offers a practical approach to Metaphysics and helps people of all religious backgrounds and faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives.
Rev. Joseph G. Kelly
1934 - 2014
Rev. Joseph G. Kelly, "Papa Joe", died peacefully Aug. 10, 2014 at 79 years of age. Born Oct. 9, 1934, he was a native of Washington, D.C. and a graduate of The George Washington University, where he earned degrees in Psychology. In 1988, C.A.A.C. Schools of Nashville, TN awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Joe was a military veteran and within seconds of meeting him, you knew he was a Marine - he lived the mantra, "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Upon leaving the service, Joe worked in government, proudly helping disadvantaged veterans. He worked for nearly every president from Harry Truman until his retirement. While working as a counselor with the handicapped and later with minority disadvantaged, he prepared his clients for the real world of work. He studied human resources development at Temple University and worked in personnel counseling and administration.
A former clinical psychologist, Rev. Kelly had been involved in past life work for many years. He conducted on-going Experiential Seminars on Reincarnation here at the Temple. He studied with several of the most renowned teachers in this field and was a certified hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Rev. Kelly's love of music began early, performing music on stage at the age of 6. He was an accomplished musician who taught and played music throughout the Washington, DC and Tampa Bay metropolitan areas and also was a musician at the Temple of the Living God. He became a member of the Temple of the Living God in 1996 and remained an active and treasured member until his passing.
Rev. Kelly is survived by sons, Joseph and Christopher; stepchildren, Tammie, Jay and Michelle; his grandchildren, Cameron, Meagan, Matthew, Nora and Rose; and sister, Patricia McConkey.
A celebration of his life will be held in St. Petersburg at the Temple of the Living God, 1950 2nd Ave. N., on Sept. 26 at 7 pm. There will be a reception immediately following. A graveside service will held at the Congressional Cemetery at 1801 ‘E’ Street, Southeast, Washington, DC on October 9th (Joe's birthday) at 11 am. There will be a short service at the chapel starting at 11am. If you are coming to this, please be at the chapel at 10:45. There will be no reception afterwards.