Elevate is a community of believers located in West Hattiesburg, Mississippi. We believe in the Bible as our only source of truth, and Jesus Christ as our ultimate example. Here at Elevate we lift up Jesus by engaging in authentic worship, studying the Bible deeply, and engaging our surrounding community through love and service.
Elevate was founded with John 12:32 in mind, “When I am lifted up I will draw all people to myself.”
No matter where you are in your life, or walk with Jesus, we invite you to come as you are and worship with us. You are always welcome here!
Pastor Jim grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in a Christian home and spent his childhood attending private Christian schools. Shortly after graduating high school he left the church and joined the Marine Corps. He spent several years feeling like something was missing and he was never truly happy with his life. After several years and many various declared college majors, Jim finally accepted God's calling on his life and entered into pastoral ministry.
He has a BA in Theology from Southern Adventist University and currently serves as a pastor in the Gulf States Conference. Jim is very passionate about evangelism, church planting, and reaching the unchurched. He believes that it is our mission to lift Jesus high and share his genuine, unconditional love with all those we come in contact with.
He has been married for 12 years to his wife Cheyenne, and together they have 3 beautiful sons, Logan, Connor, and Ty.
Michelle Alonso is a singer-songwriter who has served in local church music all of her life. She believes that God often reveals Himself through beauty and that music and art are essential in providing an experience that elevates both the heart of the worshiper and the heart of God.