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Pastor Tricia Elliott

Pastor Tricia says, “Faith is walking on water with Jesus every day. Church is walking on water together." To do this we need churches who are caring communities of faith to help us navigate the difficulties of life and celebrate with us the joys of life. Morrice and Bancroft UM Churches are caring communities. Our goal is to be not only welcoming and safe places for people but also to encourage and strengthen people for spiritual growth and ministry.

At Morrice and Bancroft, together, we claim the words of Jeremiah 29:11:  "For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." NLT  

Pastor Tricia has served as a local pastor in the West Ohio Conference and now in the Detroit Conference at Morrice and Bancroft UM Churches. She is also a Spiritual Director for clergy and clergy spouses.  She received a B.A. in English from Ohio Wesleyan University where she received several writing awards as well as membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She also received a Master of Theological Studies degree from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and completed a two-year Ministry of Spiritual Direction program with the Center for Spiritual Formation in Carlisle, PA.

She enjoys membership in Spiritual Directors International and Hearts on Fire Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors & Retreat Leaders. Tricia has led workshops and retreats on spiritual formation for lay and clergy groups and for district and conference events both in the U.S. and abroad.  Tricia also has written curriculum and devotional tools for several local churches.

Her husband, Rev. Dirk Elliott, serves the Detroit Conference as the Director of New Faith Communities and Congregational Development.

Tricia and Dirk have one son, Josh, who is a pastor and counselor in Ohio, a daughter-in-law Dede, and three grandchildren. They enjoy family time, family history, ballroom dancing, kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, traveling, and simply loving the people and places God has created.