Kelly Beckemeier Johnston ’97

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 9.50.09 AMKelly and her husband, Shane, along with her siblings and their spouses, Jim and Megan Beckemeier and Casey and Michael Obertop, hosted an event at Westminster for alumni who graduated in the 90s. The event was an occasion for alumni to reconnect with one another, tour Westminster’s new campus, and learn about the long-term vision for the school.

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Kelly said of the event, “The opportunity to hear from Jim Marsh about God’s amazing provision and faithfulness, as well as the vision for each and every student who walks the halls, not only reminded us of all God did in each of us through Westminster, but also opened our eyes to the great work that He continues to do there.”

During her senior year at Westminster, Kelly served as a peer counselor to a group of seventh grade girls. Throughout that year they met weekly for donuts and devos, attended each other’s sporting events and performances and spent time chatting about life. Those relationships, rooted in Kelly’s desire to share the love of Christ, grew into lasting friendships, still very much alive 15 years later.

Since graduating from Westminster, Kelly has become a talented photographer, physical therapist, involved member of her church and community, wife and mother. Kelly developed a passion for physical therapy while still in high school when she suffered a severe ankle injury, and her therapist helped her return to what she loved—tennis. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Mizzou and worked full-time as a physical therapist at a local outpatient, orthopedic clinic from 2002 to 2007, serving as assistant director of the clinic during her last three years there. She continues to do part-time, private work in physical therapy. “I love physical therapy because it’s a unique opportunity to help people heal physically and return to the things they’re passionate about, whether that be sports, hobbies or just everyday life without pain, while also having the opportunity to minister to their soul through listening, physical touch, encouragement and care.”

Kelly officially launched Relic Photography in 2010 after years of being a passionate hobbyist. She considers photographs to be treasures, as they tell the stories of people’s lives, passions and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. After marrying Shane in 2004, their wedding photographer hired her as an assistant and she began to learn the technical side of photography. Several years later, she combined those skills with some photo-editing knowledge shared by a friend to start her own business. Kelly feels “unbelievably humbled and blessed” by the quick growth of Relic Photography and the opportunity to capture so many important moments in people’s lives.

Kelly and Shane have two girls, Emery (4) and Adley (3),  and are expecting their third child, a boy, in a few weeks.  They are members at The Journey – West County and have served there in a variety of roles.  Currently, Kelly leads a community group and volunteers in the nursery.  Kelly and Shane are also involved with a local organization called Mission St. Louis that exists to transform the city of St. Louis through education, empowerment and economic development by connecting churches with neighborhoods in need.