Pastor Elam was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He went to Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota and then to seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. His third year of seminary he went to Corvallis, Oregon for his Vicarage. After graduating from seminary, he was called to his first church, Emmanuel Lutheran in Tell City, Indiana where he spent five years from 1985-1990.
He also served as a Naval Reserve Chaplain during that time. In August 1990 he was called to active duty with the Navy. While serving in Japan he met his wonderful wife, Terry, who was teaching at the school on base. They married in 1992 and in 1993 their only child, Kathryn, was born. In 1996 he was called to St. Paul Lutheran Church and began ministry in August that year.
Pastor Elam loves to fish, walk, and exercise and hopes to finish getting his pilot’s license one day (he’s half way there!).
Pastor Elam has a hard time picking a favorite Bible verse because there are so many great verses, but he has always liked John 3:16, Psalm 23 and Matthew 24:35 which says: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”