Meet Our Graduates: Elliott Gregory
“I love my job. For almost fifteen years I have gotten to work in the incredibly fulfilling and flat-out-fun field of youth ministry. It is an honor to be part of a student’s faith development as they weather the teenage years. Working in youth ministry is very exciting, but there is also no shortage of trails or heartache. That is why I am so thankful for the education I received at King.
No other span of time in my life has carried a greater impact on who I am or what I do than my four years at King. As a student, King provided me with many opportunities to learn though service and study. I loved taking part in student led worship on campus and partnering with our chaplain to organize chapel services. I was pushed outside of my normal boundaries on culture tours and developed a heart for missions on spring break mission trips.
My classes in Bible and Religion challenged and greatly strengthened my faith. I learned effective and responsible ways to study the Bible. My youth ministry classes taught me ministry models and communication techniques that I employ daily. Basically, Bible and religion showed me what to teach; youth ministry showed me how to teach it.
When I graduated, I was in the unique position to turn down job offers. While many of my friends had to continue their education in grad school to find employment, I found many churches that were eager to hire. I worked as a full time youth pastor for seven years before entering seminary. My education at King more than prepared me to face the rigors of seminary.
After working at a wonderful church in my home state of West Virginia for almost nine years I got the opportunity to move back to Bristol where I now serve as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Teaching at Discovery Church. Being in Bristol has brought me full circle and now I get to work as a professor of youth ministry at King. I love getting to mentor a new generation of youth workers in the same way I was mentored at King.
Youth ministry is perfect for anyone looking for a fun and fulfilling career that makes a serious impact on our world; and King University provides the education you need to get a job doing it.”
We are extremely proud to have Elliott as as graduate of King. And now we are also fortunate to have him as a faculty member in King Bible and Religion. Elliott brings his experience and expertise to our Youth Ministry track and minor–we couldn’t do it without him. He also teaches Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice. Thank you, Elliott, for all you do for King, Bible and Religion, and our Bristol community.