Associate Pastor Jim Elsbury


I was born and raised in a small town in central Indiana.  We always went to church, but it was much more of a social thing.  I went to Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  During my Freshman year (1973), I gave my life to Jesus through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.  A year later, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.  I graduated from Ball State in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work.  I have worked in one area of social services since that time and am currently an HIV Medical Case Manager at Metro Wellness and Community Center in St. Petersburg.  I moved from Indiana to Chicago in 1985 and pastored an inclusive, charismatic church there from 1989 to 1993.  After that, I was burned out on the whole "pastor" thing and decided to lay low for a while.  However, Jesus had other plans and after my partner and I moved to Largo in 2008, I started going to Beacon and God (Whose gifts and callings are irrevocable) called me back into the ministry.



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