Elliot Voris

St. Louis, MO · elliot@voris.me · elliotfriend.com

Passionate, relational follower of Jesus. Driven by strong desire to see the Gospel change lives and transform families and neighborhoods. I love to teach, preach, and explain how the Word of God impacts every area of life.


Experience

Student Minister

Wildwood Christian Church

Personally meet and connect with students, parents, and volunteers to drive conversations, relationships, and life transformation through Jesus.

Oversee vision-casting, training, and leading of volunteer team. Steward and direct volunteer resources to meet relational and discipleship needs of students.

Plan and execute weekly programming for Sunday mornings and evenings.

Lead teams of staff and volunteers to create and execute big events and trips.

Oversee annual calendar and budget for Middle and High School ministries.

Exercise preaching skills in main Sunday morning services 5-6 times yearly.

January 2015 - Present

Director of Information Technology

St. Louis Christian College

Acted as the primary source of technical support for staff, faculty, and students.

Evaluated network infrastructure. Created and executed strategic plan for improved quality, availability, and accessibility of technology resources.

Oversaw student and part-time workers, providing needed training and coaching.

August 2010 - May 2015

Meat Clerk

Schnucks, Inc.

Keep shelves stocked with fresh products, while keeping displays neat and accessible.

Work with customers to help find and choose the products they need, and service special requests.

Ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction using great selection, a high energy approach, and a focus on service.

November 2009 - August 2010

Programming Assistant

First Christian Church; Florissant, MO

Worked closely with leadership to develop impacting programming for students.

Spearheaded creative, video-based elements for worship services.

Led a team to plan and carry out VBS programming for Middle School students.

August 2009 - August 2011

Preaching Intern

First Christian Church; Brazil, IN

Worked in various church ministries, using preaching and teaching skills.

Assisted in developing long-term plans for preaching ministry.

Started and led young adult Bible study, meeting regularly throughout summer.

May 2009 - August 2009

Youth Intern

Gateway Christian Church

Assisted in planning, development, and execution of youth programming.

Made creative elements to enhance and support programming and vision.

Served as Interim Youth Pastor and helped bridge gap between full-time staff.

May 2007 - August 2009

Children's Intern

First Christian Church; Phoenix, AZ

Assisted the planning and oversight of Sunday services for 1st through 6th grade students.

Planned and taught Wednesday night discipleship program for 5th and 6th grade students.

January 2007 - May 2007

Engineering Intern

Honeywell, Inc.

Created fault-tolerant 3D models of jet engine components for engineers to perform simulated tests with.

Worked with the Tool Design department to ensure fast production and delivery of tools, jigs, and other parts to be used in other parts of the factory.

May 2005 - August 2006

Education

St. Louis Christian College

Bachelor of Arts, Bible and Preaching Ministry
Ministry Advancement Program
Served as Small Group Leader for 3 years
Servant's Heart Leadership Award (Spring 2011)

GPA: 3.515

August 2007 - May 2011

Southwestern College

Attended, Emphasis on Youth Ministry
Servant Leader Scholarship Program

Participation in Theatre Productions

August 2006 - May 2007

Thunderbird High School

High School Diploma
3 Years NJROTC, Ordnance Officer and Armed Drill Team Commander

SkillsUSA Engineering Internship

August 2002 - May 2006

Accomplishments & Awards

  • Main speaker for MO Christian Teen Convention (2015, 2016).
  • Guest speaker for youth groups, schools, retreats, and leader training.
  • Doubled adult small group size over two year time period.
  • Created small group and devotional content for multi-church retreats.
  • Shared speaking and teaching responsibilities with volunteers.
  • Realized cost savings and boosted reliability through technology projects.
  • Collaborated with other churches to build unique youth retreat experiences.
  • Servant's Heart Leadership Award - SLCC Spring 2011
  • 11th Place - National SkillsUSA Technical Drafting Competition 2006
  • 1st Place - Arizona SkillsUSA Technical Drafting Competition 2006
  • Paul Award - Revolution Student Ministry 2006
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Award - Thunderbird NJROTC 2005

Skills & Spiritual Gifts

Preaching & Teaching
Relationship Building
Creative Arts
Encouragement
Small Group Leadership

Interests

Apart from working in ministry, I enjoy being with my family. My amazing wife, Brandy, has put up with me since 2009. We have three wonderful children: Journey Sophia (6), Boston Elliot (4), and Lennux Renee (2). I have a blest spending as much time as I can with them!

Besides family time, I like to consider myself a full-on geek and will happily spend hours tinkering or fiddling with electronics of one kind or another, I am an aspiring woodworker, and I have become somewhat of an amateur mechanic through the years of driving affordable (cheap) cars.

I love to read! Science fiction, Bible commentary, History, Social Issues, and Science are some of my favorite subjects to get wrapped up in. My current book recommendation: Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith.