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.”