Debi Elliott was born and raised in Southern California, living in Huntington Beach for over thirty years. Debi spent twenty-seven years working as a Controller/financial manager for Hughes Aircraft Company, and then she worked as a Loan Officer in the mortgage industry for twelve years. She received her MBA from Pepperdine University and her BS in Finance from Cal State Long Beach. She has four adult children and two grandchildren.
Debi became passionate about serving as a missionary in Zambia when her home church (Christ Pacific Church in Huntington Beach, CA) formed a partnership in 2007 with David Livingstone Memorial Presbyterian Church (DLMPC) in Livingstone, Zambia. After five short term trips there leading teams for various projects, she became very involved with the church’s fast-growing youth ministry, including coaching and discipling teenagers and young adults in the church. The need for raising-up more youth leadership and equipping the church in the arena of local mission created a loud calling for her to go and serve. When both the leadership of DLMPC and her home church confirmed the call, she began taking steps to prepare to serve as a part of the DLMPC staff. Debi moved to Zambia in the summer of 2014 and she is excited to be participating in the amazing things God is doing there. As a part of the ministry team at DLMPC, she is serving the body of believers in the church, as well as the immediate community and surrounding villages.
Debi’s specific ministry responsibilities include church leadership and administration, discipling youths (young adults) and helping lead local mission efforts. In addition, she gives leadership to a sponsor program for the primary school at David Livingstone Presbyterian Church and School and is in partnership with her Zambian son Adrian co-running 2 new Non-Profit Organizations - Wings of Hope International (USA) and Wings of Hope Community Outreach (Zambia) that provide partial scholarship funds for secondary level (grade 8-12) students to remain in (or return to) school. Poverty is a major issue in Sub-Saharan Africa and about 27% of the population is HIV/AIDs positive, so many children do not have parents to nurture and guide them. With 16 million people in Zambia, 47% are below the age of 15 and unemployment is 75% or more in some areas. Approximately half of all children in Zambia never go past grade 7 due to the cost of the schools and their requirements. Education planning, career development, faith counseling and leadership mentoring are critical in this context and Debi feels privileged to be serving in these strategic arenas.
To donate by check to Debi’s Support:
Make checks payable to The Antioch Partners, write “Elliott Support” on memo line and mail to:
7132 Portland Ave., Suite 136
Richfield, MN, 55423