Alumni Profile

Stuart Kellogg

President/General Manager
16 WAPTTV | Jackson, MS

M.A. in Christian Studies, WBS Class of 2006

"Wesley Biblical Seminary prepared me to bring Christ to the culture."

After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Stuart (known by friends as Stu) Kellogg worked for a number of television stations - Dallas, Oklahoma City, Cedar Rapids, New Orleans, Mobile, and Syracuse - in the area of news and marketing. His hard work and dedication to his profession resulted in being named the President/General Manager of 16 WAPTTV in Jackson, MS in 1991. During those early years at WAPT, Stu came to rely on Dr. Matt Friedeman, a professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary, for regular commentary on local politics. Unbeknownst to Stu, this connection with WBS would have a lasting impact on his life.

What began with a simple conversation (and the reading of J.W. Bready's England Before and After Wesley) with Dr. Friedeman about the life and ministry of John Wesley soon fueled a desire to enroll in a formal degree program at a seminary that bears Wesley's name. In addition to "helping the Bible come alive" and "learning the power of the small group experience," Stu credits WBS with helping him grapple with how the gospel engages and "impacts the secular culture" in which he works and lives.

During his time at WBS and following his graduation in 2006, Stu has found inspiration and direction from a Wesleyan model of ministry as he fulfills his calling as a Christian businessman in the Jackson area. Whether in small or large groups, being intentional in his interaction with people and looking for opportunities to impact his community has been a key feature of Stu's approach to ministry.

Over the years, Stu has served as Chairman of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, The United Way of the Capitol area, and the Boards of Goodwill and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is one of the founders of the Prison Ministry Collaborative - a new Christian-based program to help former prisoners succeed after incarceration - and teaches weekly at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for Wesley Biblical Seminary and Belhaven University, and on the boards of the Young Business Leaders and the Salvation Army, Stu is currently serving a second term under appointment by Governor Haley Barbour to the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service Board. He and Beth, his wife, are members of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where Stu is an ordained Deacon and teaches Sunday School.