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.
How long have you been teaching here at Kingswood?
I am currently in my 10th year of teaching. I was also here as a student in both the 1970s and 1980s.
After finishing high school, I enrolled in the program called Christian Development at Kingswood. It is the equivalent of our Praxis program. I did that for one year and then later on, when God called me into ministry, I came back to complete my B.A.
How did you know God was calling you into full-time ministry?
After I left Kingswood the first time, I worked in the manufacturing industry and then became a professional photographer. My wife Helen was a nurse. We were both extremely active in our home church.
One day, as I was sitting in my photography office with all my photographs displayed on the walls, God spoke to me: “They’re all going to burn someday.” I knew what He meant. I was spending too much time on things that didn’t have eternal value.
God called me in November of 1981, and I fought God until February of 1982. I finally listened and told Helen about it. She was all for it and quit her job for us to begin preparing for ministry.
What’s your favourite class that you teach and why?
My favourite course to teach is called “Church Health, Growth and Leadership.” It provides an overview of the ministry mindsets of thriving contemporary churches. We seek to answer questions like, “Why are these churches growing?”
For this semester, I have taken the students on seven field trips. We visited the three largest churches in the Maritimes. Also, I took my students to visit four church plants. It gives them a clearer understanding of what’s happening here in the Maritimes.
What were you doing before you came to Kingswood?
I planted and pastored a church in Kanata, ON for 22 years. In 2004, Helen and I attended Asbury Theological Seminary where I started my doctoral studies. In 2005, I began pastoring a church in Buffalo, NY. I finished my dissertation in 2007.
What is your role as campus pastor?
We strongly encourage students to be involved in their local churches and to also develop relationships with their professors and resident directors. However, I’m the first line responder in situations of an unusual nature, for both students and staff. I provide pastoral care they may need.
Both Helen and I are caring people. We do a lot of hosting in our home and try to be the positive role models and strong pastoral influence for all here on campus.
You recently wrote a new book. Are you planning on writing another book anytime soon?
I have just written and published my book By Signs and Wonders: How the Holy Spirit Grows the Church. I have four manuscripts on the go right now. “The Evolving Church” identifies what changes take place in a growing church. I’m also writing a homiletics textbook. And I’ve started writing “Letters to a Young Pastor,” an idea that came to me since my son is now a pastor. I also am writing a book titled “The Joy Stealers: Eight Things That Steal Joy from a Believer’s Life.”
What do you hope would be true about Kingswood in the future?
I would like to see Kingswood be an approved “school of choice” in ministry training, for a number of evangelical denominations here in the Maritimes and beyond. Because the evangelical community is small in the Maritimes, we need to work with our sister denominations. Plus, we want our students to remain here in the Maritimes and minister.
Thus we intentionally try to send our students back to their home denominations where they can freely minister there.
What is one thing that you absolutely love to do in your free time?
I’m a science-fiction nerd. I love Star Trek and Stargate. I read voraciously. I’m always reading books on Church health. I also enjoy Dave Berry, the comedy writer. He has lots of good guy humour. I’m a huge Ottawa Senators fan and used to play hockey all the time.
Note: To buy Dr. Elliott’s latest book, you can click on the link below for affordable American pricing or contact him directly for affordable Canadian pricing at firstname.lastname@example.org: