Darren Elin

Darren Elin

Darren Elin 150 150 Diocese of Southern Ohio Annual Convention
The Rev. Darren Elin

St. Thomas, Terrace Park

Nominee for Diocesan Council

My family and I moved to Southern Ohio in 2010 upon receiving the call to serve as Rector at St. Thomas in Terrace Park. Within these eleven years, I have had the privilege of serving the diocese in a number of capacities in addition to my role as a priest & pastor locally. I currently serve as the Chair for the Bishop’s Advisory Committee for Compensation and Resources as well as representing the Diocese as Board Member of Episcopal Retirement Services and their Affordable Living Team. Previously, I have served as a facilitator and then Coordinator for Safe Church Ministry and several ecumenical ministry initiatives for our greater area and represented our Diocese on the Board of Trustees for Berkeley Divinity School. I have also served a previous term on Diocesan Council as the Secretary. I have been in parish ministry for over 24 years, being able to see and serve the Church from a variety of perspectives in different size congregations, Total Ministry teams and in six different dioceses across the country. All of these experiences reinforce the commitment I feel to the Church being about relationships and equipping each other for the work of ministry, both in our congregations and into the world and especially thinking about the impact our decisions have on the lives of those we are entrusted to serve.

Prior to ordination I gained corporate experience in marketing and the travel & hospitality industries. My first position took me overseas where I met wife who was studying abroad at the time. We sang in the church choir in Tokyo and have shared a passion for music ever since. Our two young-adult children are in college; our daughter is a junior at St. Vincent College and our son is in his first year at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The work of the Diocesan Council is to implement the work of Diocesan Convention and assist the Bishop and congregations as we live into the resolutions of convention, from mission & ministry decisions, budget review and mission share. We are in the midst of enormous change all around us and the call to be the Beloved Community as well as ministry priorities at this time is great as the Church rebuilds…and reforms post-COVID. Add to this a time for the Diocese to discern and elect a new Bishop, makes this next term incredibly exciting as well as challenging. It would be an honor to help make the next steps possible and graceful by serving on Council.