Rev. Dirk Elliott

The Rev. Dirk Elliott is Director of New Faith Communities and Congregational Development for the Detroit Annual Conference.

Dirk has a genuine desire to see the church grow through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Openness to God and strong leadership are essential qualities for church growth.

Rev. Elliott, a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the West Ohio Conference.

Dirk comes to the Detroit Annual Conference after serving in East Ohio Conference as the Director of Congregational Development for ten years.  Prior to his ministry as part of Conference Staff, Dirk served for 18 years in pastoral ministry in three appointments.  He is a graduate of the West Ohio New Church Start Academy.  Much of his continuing education has been in the areas of church growth, evangelism and faith sharing.  He has taken part in the General Board of Discipleship Faith Sharing and Offering Christ Today.  He has taken Herb Miller’s workshops on Effective Worship, Visionary Leadership, and Evangelism.  He is also a trained consultant in Natural Church Development.  He has served as Spiritual Director on many Emmaus Walks and has served as Community Spiritual Director for the Central Ohio Emmaus Community.  Dirk is on the Board of Directors for the Bishop Rueben Job Leadership Development Center.  He is the North Central Jurisdiction representative to the Path One Team, the United Methodist’s church planting initiative through the General Board of Discipleship.

Dirk is a Board Certified Coach and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation.  He is also an endorsed Mentor Coach through Path 1 of the General Board of Discipleship.

Dirk and his spouse, Tricia, currently live in Linden, Michigan.  Tricia is a graduate of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio and is pastor of a two-point charge in the Crossroads District of the Detroit Conference.  She is also a Spiritual Director focusing primarily on directing women clergy and clergy spouses, as well as a retreat leader, leading retreats in Spiritual Formation.  Their son, Josh, and daughter-in-law, Dede, live in the Toronto, Ohio area where Josh is a pastor.  They have three children.