As a young man, Otto played football for the University of Nevada, where he studied Human Ecology. He then embarked on a professional football career playing for the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars, and the NFL’S Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs before a 1985 injury ended his professional football career.
Otto returned to Reno where he spent 11 years as Washoe County’s Department of Juvenile Services’ first Gang Specialist/Community Outreach Counselor; a role which earned him numerous awards such as, The NAACP Youth Advocacy Award, Nevada Policy Research Institute Distinguished Community Service Award, and the Truckee Meadows Community Staff award to name a few. In 1999, Otto responded to God’s call and left his job to serve as a full time pastor focusing on biblical manhood, family preservation, youth advocacy, and community involvement. He humbly accepted the late Dr Edwin Louis Cole’s invitation to take part of a five nation Africa tour where the love of God and biblical manhood were proclaimed to 25,000 men. In 2000, he became Executive Pastor of a large non-denominational church. Otto was commissioned by Dr Cole and the Christian Men’s Network in 2002 to teach and train men and fathers. In 2005 Pastor Otto and his wife founded Central City Church and Role Model Summit. Over the years, Otto has spoken to over 500 churches across America as well as internationally.
Otto was awarded a proclamation from the Office of Mayor of the City of Reno proclaiming Thursday, May 27th 2010 as Pastor Otto Kelly Day.
He currently serves as chaplain for the University of Nevada Athletics, and is co-founder of the Northern Nevada Christian Men’s Alliance. He serves as an active board member for African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Children’s Cabinet. He also serves on several advisory committees which include Pathfinders, and Life Changing Community Outreach. Otto is the Religious Services Director for Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services.
Pastor Otto lives in Reno Nevada where he is currently the Executive Director of Crisis Pregnancy Center and Lead Pastor for Word of Life Ministries. He has been married to high school sweetheart Joy for over 29 years. They have 2 adult sons Alonzo (wife Alyssa) and Dominic.