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Funds raised to buy handicap-accessible van

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The way Carolyn Tyler sees it, Tim Kelley has given so much of himself for so many years to Christians in California. It’s only right, Tyler said, that members of Churches of Christ return the love that Kelley and his wife, Roxanne, have shown for so long.
Tyler, a member of the Camarillo Church of Christ, where Tim Kelley preached for 24 years, is helping lead an effort to raise $60,000 to buy a handicap-accessible van for the family. At press time, donors had contributed $31,000.
“Everybody loves Tim because he’s done so much for so many people,” Tyler said of Kelley, senior minister of the Chico Church of Christ. “He’s just incredible.”
According to the Van for Tim website, Kelley has post-polio syndrome, a result of contracting polio when he was a baby. He depends on a powered wheelchair, which lifts him into a standing position to preach or lead singing, but cannot afford a handicap-accessible van.
“It is about Tim having freedom, independence and a safe and reliable means of transportation,” the website explains. “It also means that he will once again be able to serve his church and community in the way that God has called him.”
Mel Storm, an elder of the Heritage Church of Christ in Clawson, Mich., first met Kelley 45 years ago at Sierra Bible Camp in Northern California.
“Tim never let his physical limitation prevent him from carrying out his ministry responsibilities,” Storm said.
CONTRIBUTIONS MAY BE sent to Camarillo Church of Christ, Attn.: Mini-Van Fund, 515 Temple Ave., Camarillo, CA 93010. Donate online at www.vanfortim.bbnow.org.

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