Prayer, Creativity & Faith

Kelly O’Dell Stanley is a graphic designer who writes. Or maybe a writer who also designs. Either way, when she found the place where writing and design intersected, she discovered that was exactly where she wanted to be. The author of Praying Upside Down, Designed to Pray, and (in April of 2020) #Instaprayer: Prayers to Share, Kelly loves to explore prayer and faith in creative ways because she knows that God is the Ultimate Creator. And when she puts her creativity into action, she always discovers more of Him.

Twenty-some years ago, Kelly took a leap of faith and began her own business, doing advertising and marketing for clients across the U.S. Her work has been included in design anthologies and PRINT Magazine’s Design Annual, and she’s received awards from the NAHB, Public Relations Society of America, the Webby Competition, and Art Directors Club of Indiana.

Kelly’s writing awards include first place in Inspirational Writing in the 2013 Writer’s Digest competition, and she was a finalist in the Cascade Oregon Christian Writers Contest in 2017. She is a regular contributor to, and she's written for,, (in)courage, Internet Café Devotions, Today’s Christian Woman, Today’s Christian Living, Tiferet Journal, Sasee Magazine, and numerous blogs.

She’s a redhead who does a pretty good job of controlling her temper, a strong believer in doing everything to excess, and a professional wrestler of doubt and faith. (Faith always wins, but some days the competition is fierce.) She’s been married to Tim for a quarter of a century, which officially makes him a saint. And she loves her three quirky grown-or-nearly-grown kids, Katie, Anna, and Bobby. Even if they do call her all the time. (Or maybe especially because they call her all the time.)

Along with some pretty amazing women, Kelly recently launched a new ministry—not to replace her work on creativity and prayer, but to provide more intentional opportunities to connect with women and build relationships. We sometimes lose sight of this fact, but the truth is that what we share is greater than what divides us. Sisterhood Ministries offers opportunities for authentic community, both in person and online. We hope to empower women to reach across boundaries and grow in friendship and faith in a tangible way. Because of the way we love, women will know that Jesus' message is true. Sign up for our newsletter and freebies on our website,, or find us on Facebook or Instagram. Hope to see you there for lots of fun and opportunities for real connection and conversation!

Kelly lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana. You may connect with her on her blog,, on Facebook (Kelly O’Dell Stanley, Author), or on Twitter (@kellyostanley).