Getting to Know Me More
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received?
My 5 year old told me, “Mommy, you are so pretty. I want to be like you when I grow up.” (Cue that sappy instrumental music and bring on the Kleenex.)
What’s something on your bucket list someone might not know?
I want to get my Concealed Handgun License.
Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life?
My parents. They have been pastors for over 46 years. Both are hard workers who love God and people. No matter what difficulties they faced, I’ll always remember how they demonstrated Godly character and taught us to lean into our Creator while consistently showing us examples of His faithfulness.
What do you do when you’re procrastinating? (Name your go-to distractions.)
CLEAN, ORGANIZE, CLEAN, ORGANIZE, CLEAN, ORGANIZE, CLEAN. Did I mention that I like to clean and organize?
What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received?
I got a piece of clothing and couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be a head wrap, scarf, belt, or mini-poncho. I never figured it out.
If you could choose an age to remain forever, what age would it be?
Right now. I love this time in my life when my husband and I get tickled over the cute and shocking things our six and two year old do. Also, I’m wiser now than I was in my twenties. Life is so full, and I am grateful for every moment I’ve been given.
If you could exchange roles with someone for a day, who would it be and why?
I always thought it would be funny to swap with my husband, Dusty. We are both competitive so it would be entertaining to see who does it better and how.
How did you become a Daystar Singer?
My brother was working at Daystar as an audio engineer and said to Joni, “I have a sister who can sing. You should audition her for the team!” Graciously, Joni asked Joe Ninowski to bring me in and my first audition was with Joe and the head of Daystar’s Audio Department, David Ribb. The next thing I knew, I was asked to come back and sing for a conference called, Refreshing Times. Then, amazingly, they kept asking me to come back. The rest is history! Thank God for a big bro looking out for his little sis, God’s perfect timing, and a leader willing to listen to her employee.
What is your favorite memory as a Daystar Singer, and why?
My favorite memory as a Daystar Singer will forever be singing in the Holy Land. I remember the first time Joni called me and asked me to go with the team to Israel. I literally screamed and cried tears of joy. It had always been a dream of mine and now it was coming true. There is no way to possibly describe the emotion of singing “Above All” at the Garden of Gethsemane and then to take communion and sing “Rejoice” at the Garden Tomb. It is a humbling, unforgettable experience.
What is your funniest moment as a Daystar Singer?
First of all, we have MANY hilarious moments with the team. But the one that sticks out the most is when I was three months pregnant with Jaden and how the smell of sugar would make me so sick. I would uncontrollably vomit as any gracious pregnant woman would in her first trimester. On this particular occasion, we were flying back with the team after ministering in Houston. I was sitting across from Joni in the front of the plane and Bobby was in the back. Unbeknownst to me, the church gave Bobby three large boxes of cupcakes to share with the team on the flight home. Bobby decided it would be a great idea to open the boxes and start passing around the cupcakes. I never saw the cupcakes but the smell rushed to the front of the plane and I must have turned green because Joni, in her motherly way, yelled to the back of the plane, “CLOSE THOSE CUPCAKES!” The look on Bobby’s face as I ran to the restroom was priceless. Sadly, no cupcakes were eaten on the flight home!
Born into ministry, Kendra Kelly-Dean has been singing for Jesus since she was six years old. Her father not only taught her to belt every note, but he helped her understand that every song is a ministry of hope, joy, healing, and faith to someone.
At the age of 16, Kendra was honored with the title of Miss Teen Louisiana in the Miss America’s National Teenager pageant. By age 17, she had released her debut album, Beyond With You. Not long after that, Kendra met and later married her leading man and the love of her life, Dusty Dean, in 2005.
Together, Kendra and Dusty both serve as pastors at Heartland Church in Carrollton, Texas. They believe everyday is an honor to serve God and love others, especially their two little girls, Jaden and Brooke.