Elise discovered art’s redemptive power for the Kingdom of God after her conversion in 1999. Her road to worship arts ministry includes training in theater and voice, earning a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University-Bloomington, studying abroad in music and worship with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), and working alongside youth and families with special needs.
Passionate about empowering God’s people to worship with their own voice and story, she is co-founder (with Stacey Regan) of the Ascension Songwriters Collaborative and a retreat leader for the global non-profit United Adoration. She is inspired by the lives of St. Teresa of Ávila, Mahalia Jackson, Monet, Makoto Fujimura, John Donne, and Maya Angelou.
As a bi-vocational minister, Elise works at Duquesne University in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She lives with her husband, Chris, and their bundle of lightning son, Caleb. She has attended and served with Church of the Ascension since November 2012.