Elbert, orginally from Jackson, MS attended Alabama A&M and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree. After working for a short time with General Electric Aircraft Engines in Ohio, Elbert and his wife, Karen, moved back to Jackson and attended Reformed Theological Seminary. During seminary, Elbert worked at Redeemer Church in Jackson. After working at Redeemer for 3 years, he then started RUF at Jackson State University in 2007. He graduated with an MDiv. from RTS in May of 2008 and transitioned into full-time campus work at JSU. After working with RUF for almost 9 years, Elbert & Karen sensed God calling them back to Redeemer when the founding pastor, Rev. Mike Cambell, moved back to Miami. In February of 2016, he joined the pastoral staff at Redeemer. Elbert and Karen have two children, Karis and Tripp. They live in Jackson and remain deeply in love with this city, its people, and what God is doing here.