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Kelly Friesen, Rev. ThM

Kelly Friesen is a Neuroscience Coach, Educator, Minister, and Mentor, on a mission to help people shift their thoughts, renew their mind, and succeed in life and leadership.



Dr. Nancy G. Daniel - Academic Dean, CMM College of Theology

“Kelly Friesen is gifted and skilled with wisdom in many areas. She has the ability to discern situations and people and help them grow in the potential for which they were destined. She is sensitive yet confident, honest and relevant. These traits are hard to find in one person. It is evident that her love for people is a driving force that is a powerfully amazing game changer for her clients.”


Dr. Jorge Parrott - President, Christ’s Mandate for Missions and President, CMM College of Theology

“Kelly Friesen is amazing in her spiritual gifting and being right where the Lord wants her to be, even in a season of transition. She is always seeking to go higher in the love being poured through her from above. Kelly is sensitive, completely trustworthy and a superb listener. She always has those she is counseling or ministering to in her focus, to see them achieve their highest potential and fulfillment. She encapsulates sharp discernment and skill to see the solution, even when others may not see it “in the thick of things” going on in life. I highly recommend Kelly for whatever ails you. She will keep your best interest front and center, in love and absolute professionalism, leading to your breakthrough.”


Darren Plett - Lead Pastor, Pleasant Valley Church

“Kelly Friesen … You will be met with a caring smile and eyes that look far beyond the outward. An air of peace and calm, and a perceptive and loyal spirit will soon be evident as you continue to connect. That will be followed by a growing awareness that here is a woman who understands and lives in the assurance that she is a valued child of God and that she loves, believes in, and listens to the Holy Spirit in her life.”


Tony Froese - Pastor, New City Church

“I’ve had the privilege of witnessing Kelly’s gifts of encouragement in operation. Confidential and considerate are just some of the leadership qualities she consistently practices. I have referred and will continue to refer others to Kelly. I would highly recommend her services for any coaching, personal assistance or growth needed.”


Julie Smude - Pastor & Teacher, YWAM Thailand

“I had the privilege of meeting Kelly while in graduate school. The first thing I took note of was her ability to bring truth with power and clarity. Kelly is rooted and grounded in love and makes Jesus the center of all she shares. It is refreshing in this time of instant gratification to find a woman of faith who has slowly simmered in God’s word. I often think of Kelly when I read the words of Psalm 62:1 “I stand silently to listen for the one I love, waiting as long as it takes” …. (TPT).”


Evans Powell - Pastor, Charles Church Christian Life Center

“I spent two consecutive years with Kelly attending theology classes together and I found her to be a woman of faith, who is filled with hope and vision. Her conduct and her words edify those in her presence.”

About Kelly

Kelly Friesen is a Certified Neuroscience Coach, Ordained Minister, and founder of The Contend Project. She specializes in coaching leaders (people of influence) to gain clarity, unpack strategy, and develop a higher mental vantage point, empowering them to break limits and increase their unique impact. Her mission is to help people shift their thoughts, renew their minds, and succeed in life and leadership.

As founder and author of The Contend Project, she mentors, teaches and encourages those in their pursuit of God, activating and empowering them in their gifts to bring revival to their sphere of influence while partnering to end systemic poverty internationally through generous contributions.

Kelly has successfully ministered healing, deliverance, and freedom through the blood of Jesus to thousands. She has also provided wisdom in seasons of change and uncertainty and coached clients to debunk and reframe their thoughts to develop a successful mindset. Her training in brain science gives her an added advantage in helping individuals gain the tools they need to walk into freedom.

Her previous experience as a lead pastor and church board member and her involvement with local and global churches have given her a diverse and insightful perspective, extending across denominations, cultures, ages, and vocations to identify and activate purpose in individuals and organizations, thereby impacting cities and regions.

Kelly holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from MSU College of Theology (NCCT) and is an ordained reverend with CMM World Missions, where she also sits on The Council of Issachar. The Council is comprised of select five-fold ministers who actively intercede, prophesy, and bring transformation while shepherding ministers and missionaries around the globe.

She received her neuroscience training from OptiMind Neuroscience Coaching & Training Institute (ICF-recognized training institute), where she earned her Certification in Neuroscience Coaching & Leadership with specializations in NeuroRelationships, NeuroHealth, NeuroEducation, NeuroEntrepreneurship and NeuroSpirituality.