Stephen 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.