College Ministry Leaders
Kenny Long, Collegiate Minister
Kenny moved to Providence from Oklahoma City with the strategic goal of building relationships with college students and discipling them in the Gospel. As someone who has always desired to preach Christ where He is not preached, Kenny never thought that opportunity would come here in the U.S. However, as he learned more about the spiritual climate of the New England region, especially Rhode Island, a burden grew in his heart. Only 1.6% of the people have had exposure to the Gospel in Providence and Barna Research Group calls it one of the least Bible minded cities in the entire country.
Kenny is excited to meet and engage lost students with the Gospel, to see them grow in their vision for fulfilling the Great Commission globally, and to see what God will do through the faithful proclamation of His word. If God loves the nations, then we should love the nations by giving our lives to see Christ formed in a person’s heart.
Kenny lives in in the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence with his wife Ashley and their four children, Arabella, Avery, Asher, and Kensley.
Molly Peele, Collegiate Missionary
Originally from North Carolina, Molly grew up in a Christian home and learned about missions around the world at her local family church, First Baptist Church in Albemarle. A graduate of Covenant College near Chattanooga, TN, Molly learned about missions work in Providence while attending Concord Baptist Church. During a short-term missions trip, she saw the need for Jesus to be proclaimed in Providence. Molly desired to join the work the Lord was doing through Grace Harbor. Before moving to Providence in the summer of 2017, she taught high school math for two years.
Now working full-time with Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) at Johnson and Wales University, her time is given to discipleship and evangelism among collegiate students. Being part of CSF includes attending weekly meetings—like Tuesday Night Truth—planning and leading Bible studies, attending retreats and supporting the ministry leaders and student leaders. During the week she meets with college ladies one-on-one, engaging them in Biblical conversations and studies. She also enjoys their company and spending informal time simply working or playing alongside them. One of Molly’s priorities are encouraging students to be active members of a local church.