Ed and Patty Kelaher were both born in New Jersey. They met in high school and have been a couple ever since, recently celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Patty is a registered nurse. They have two married children, Tommy and Pam, and four grandchildren. Over several years, Ed and Patty acted as foster parents for 23 children.
The Kelahers moved to South Carolina from New Jersey in 1980 following Ed’s graduation from law school. He began as a sole practitioner and developed a successful law firm. During his time as a lawyer, he received local, state, and national awards for his civic and legal pro bono activities.
When the time came to take their children to church, Ed, raised as a Roman Catholic, and Patty, raised as a Presbyterian, decided to take them to the Episcopal Church. They met Bishop Edward Salmon there and the rest is history. Bishop Salmon received Ed into the Episcopal Church and ordained him as a Deacon and as a Priest.
Before coming to All Saints, Ed was the Rector of Christ the King Waccamaw Parish in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Previously he served as Deacon and later as Associate Rector of the Church of the Resurrection, Surfside Beach, South Carolina, while at the same time leading or assisting several other parishes, as requested by the Bishop of South Carolina. He continues to lead workshops for and mentor leaders of other congregations.
Patty has also been very active in church life at All Saints and other parishes, serving as a long-time Altar Guild member, Bible study coordinator and leader, discipleship leader, nursery coordinator, Daughters of the King leader, two-time Vestry member, prayer team member, search committee member, youth volunteer, and as a leader or volunteer in many other activities.