Dr. Elsner is an experienced leader in evangelical theological education. Formerly Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Elsner’s work had been in Alzhemier’s Disease for many years. His first doctoral thesis was on olfaction among centenarians. He has led several international research projects regarding psychology, health, and nutrition. His DMin Dissertation focused on methods of evangelism among college students.
Dr. Elsner has lectured and consulted around the world, with dozens of peer-reviewed scholarly publications in several fields of studies. He has edited and authored several books. Formerly Editor-in-Chief of the journal Current Research in Psychology, he is on several review boards and reviewer for numerous psychology, medical, and gerontology journals. His has been a member of the American Psychological Association for over 20 years.
Appointed by Governor Nikki Haley, he has been on the State of South Carolina Board of Directors for the regional center for Disabilities and Special Needs, the Burton Center. Dr. Elsner served as Chairman of the Board for several years. He is a long time Scoutmaster, awarded District Scoutmaster of the Year, District and Council Awards of Merit, and several other leadership and religious awards.
He met his wife Betsy, a Librarian, while they were fellow students at École Le Cordon Bleu de Paris. Their daughter Lily is a graduate student at Oxford University, and their son Samuel is completing his MDiv at Erskine.