Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic author and speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope Francis has called us to do—to live the joy of the Gospel with missionary zeal.
She is the Associate Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, a popular 2-year program that serves Catholic adults in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota.
Kelly is the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, a women’s ministry that invigorates Catholic parishes through inspiring, supporting, and nurturing women in the faith and by equipping and mobilizing women as intentional disciples of Christ.
She is a contributing writer for CatholicMom.com and The Integrated Catholic Life —an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work. Her book, Created to Relate: God’ s Design for Peace & Joy, encourages and inspires women to live fully their beautiful God-given gifts for building relationships and shows how doing so can draw others into a relationship with Christ and lead to a life of peace and joy. She is the editor of Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing the Passion of Christ through the Eyes of Women, a collaborative effort of ten Catholic women writers that guides the reader on a prayerful and creative journey through the days of Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost.
Kelly travels the country speaking on the New Evangelization in an effort to encourage all to spread the message of Jesus by living the joy of the Gospel, and leads women’s pilgrimages (WINE & Shrine) through Italy. She enjoys speaking to all groups, but has a special affinity towards speaking at Catholic women’s conferences and retreats. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children.
"Kelly Wahlquist applies life changing principles of the Kingdom of God to everyday living. Her presentations strike a chord in the hearts of women, showing them that they too can walk in the victory that God has provided. Her joy and enthusiasm are contagious and her knowledge of the Catholic faith is deep and faithful. Ladies will leave her presentations renewed!"
~Jeff Cavins, Catholic Author, Speaker and Creator of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study
"Kelly Wahlquist stands out amongst a most extraordinary group of Catholic laypeople who have taken the Pope’s call for the new evangelization to heart. She presents the Christian faith with an enthusiastic and vibrant voice, sure to inspire those who seek a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ, in faithful communion with His Church."
~Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
"Both as a woman of God and an evangelist, Kelly Wahlquist embodies the Father's love, Christ's joy, andthe Holy Spirit's fire for audiences across the U.S. Her passion for God and love for his Word and his people is setting hearts on fire for the New Evangelization."
~Thomas Smith, Catholic convert and missionary-evangelist, author/presenter for the Great Adventure Bible Timeline
"Kelly is vibrant, engaging, and passionate! She truly has a heart for evangelization...and it radiates when she speaks! With Kelly, you can expect powerful insights delivered in an effective manner that are sure to impact everyone in attendance."
~Sarah L. Houde, Events Coordinator, Office of Lifelong Faith Formation, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME