Stephen D. Elliott, D. Min.

Program Director & Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Church Planting
Campus Pastor

dr-elliotStephen Elliott understands what it means to plant and pastor a dynamic church. In 1983, he and his wife Helen began a church plant in Ottawa, Ontario. Over a 22 year period, he led the beginning handful of people to grow to a congregation of over 1,300.

After over 10 years of teaching, Dr. Elliott still uses insights gleaned from his professors when he studied at Kingswood as a student: “'Pastor a community, not just a congregation,' significantly and successfully shaped my church planting efforts as a young pastor,” says Dr. Elliott.

The opportunity to pass along ministry insights to a new generation of up-and-coming Christian leaders is a responsibility I love and take very seriously in and out of the Kingswood classroom.

Dr. Elliott, a father of three and grandfather of three, is a big fan of science fiction, the Ottawa Senators, and the colour lime green.


2007 - D.Min. (Leadership and Preaching),  Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky
Dissertation Title: "The Role of the Miraculous in the Conversion Process"
1983 - B.A. (Religion), Kingswood University, Sussex, New Brunswick

Courses Taught

  • Adult and Family Ministry
  • Church Health, Growth & Leadership
  • Empowering & Equipping Lay Ministry
  • Homiletics
  • Management in Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Principles and Practice of Discipleship
  • Principles of Church Planting
  • Strategies in Church Planting


By Signs and Wonders: How the Holy Spirit Grows the Church. Seedbed Publishing, 2016.

Contact Information
Phone: 506.432.4464
Fax: 506.432.4425
Office Location: Edgett Hall

Professor Elliott's Posts

  • in News, Stephen Elliott

    Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Stephen Elliott

    We have some of the most wonderful faculty members here at Kingswood! I’ll be featuring each of them over the coming months. I, Rebecca (marketing coordinator), sat down with Dr. Elliott to ask him some “groovy” (as he called them) questions. ...
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    God’s Call to Church Planting

    The Person’s Call to Church Planting To paraphrase Nelson Searcy, ‘’Successful church starts begin with a personal calling, rather than a personal choice.”[i] While Searcy may be slightly overstating his case, the thrust of his statement is entirely accurate – church planters need to be convinced God has called them to church planting ministry. Per...
  • in Brent Dongell, Elizabeth Rhyno, News, Stephen Elliott

    Faculty & Staff News

    Brent Dongell Program Director of Youth Ministry, Director of PULSE Professor Dongell is creating a short video each month that will help equip pastors who work with teens. Youth leaders can sign up for his videos. They will be sent out monthly via email. Watch his first video, Keeping our Youth During Major Transitions. If...
  • in Events, News, Stephen Elliott

    Growing Healthy Churches

    Last month Kingswood University held the Growing Healthy Churches conference with speaker Dr. Paul Borden. Over 115 pastors, lay church leaders, ministerial students, and educators gained practical insights for casting vision and creating a sense of mission within the local church. Dr. Borden is on staff with Growing Healthy Churches and author of ...
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    Your Unique Ministry Role

    God doesn’t want you to be well-rounded in ministry (good at everything). He has designed you to specialize in specific areas of ministry. You have unique contributions to make, within the overall mission of God....