Rob Kelly is the Founder & CEO of the FORCLT Network. Rob is also co-founder of the City Leaders Collective (with Eric Swanson), which connects and equips city network leaders globally. Rob is co-author of the book ‘Metanoia’ (with Alan Hirsch), and the founder & lead author of the State of the City Report. Prior to this, Rob served 13 years as a pastor, along with numerous other leadership positions, including co-founding CLT/ONE and lecturing at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.  Rob is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte, and is pursuing doctoral studies from Bakke Graduate University.  Rob is married to Ani, and they are the proud parents of Addison and RJ.


Rob is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, seminaries, ministries, and civic organization, both in Charlotte and around the globe. He is comfortable preaching in front of large congregations, lecturing in a classroom setting, or engaging in small group strategy sessions with church and ministry leaders in front of a white board.

Rob also coaches city networks, both locally and globally, on how to build a healthy, sustainable backbone organization to support gospel centered city transformation in cities. To request Rob for a speaking engagement or coaching session, please email [email protected] and someone will follow up with you on details.

  • Biblical/Theological & Philosophical Foundations of City Transformation
  • Network Stages, Theory & Leadership
  • Applied Platform Theory
  • History & Principles of Movements
  • City Exegesis
  • Systems & Design Thinking
  • Theology of Union and Theology of the City / Place