Dr. Elmer Gillett
Elmer Gillett was born in the country of Belize in Central America. He attended the government school in the village of Crooked Tree. He accepted Christ under the preaching of a Nazarene missionary named Richard Cornelius. Elmer sensed a definite call to preach the Gospel and he attended Nazarene High School in the city of Belize to begin his quest for lifetime ministry.
In 1976 he continued his preparation for ministry at Mid-America Nazarene University. In 1979, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and Religion. During his tenure at Mid-America, he attended Blue Hills Church of the Nazarene where he was mentored by an anointed man of God, the Rev. Dr. Larry Lott. He attended Nazarene Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1983.
In 1982 he married Carolyn and they have three children: Ashley, David and John-Paul.
In 1984, he began his first full-time assignment in Lynwood, California. The membership was approximately twenty-five. The church also sponsored a small school. It was during this tough assignment that Elmer understood the meaning of prayer. The church grew to a membership of 125 and the school was maxed out to 165. Elmer served on the District Advisory Board of the Anaheim District and was elected chairperson of the Camp's board. He also served as the Administrator of Community Christian School.
In 1993, Elmer sensed a keen awareness to journey into the very heart of God. He experienced an insatiable desire for the deep things of God. He pursued his quest at Fuller Theological Seminary where his focus was spirituality and leadership. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "Prayer and Fasting as Foundation for Evangelism" He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California in 2000.
In 1994, he was called to pastor the Community Worship Center, formerly known as Miller Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Brooklyn, New York. The church has a vibrant ministry in the Brooklyn community. Elmer's contention is that evangelism begins at home. The church has an attendance of 450 with two services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. "This is our finest hour and we are seeing the movement of a miraculous God in the lives of our community"
Elmer also attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he did studies in preaching. He teaches at the Metro New York School of Ministry and serves on the Credential's Board.
He is Director of Black Ministries in the Church of the Nazarene in the U.S.A. and Canada. He is an annointed speaker who is being used of God to transform lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Elmer Gillett
Brooklyn Community Worship Church
117 Madison, Brooklyn, New York 11216