Bishop Keith Elford


In May 2011, delegates from across Canada elected Rev. Keith Elford to a fifth term as the Bishop of The Free Methodist Church in Canada.  Bishop Elford’s mandate is to give leadership to the FMCiC’s vision “to see healthy churches within the reach of all people in Canada and beyond”.  His passion is to develop a diverse group of healthy, godly, competent leaders who, using a variety of approaches, work together to see this vision fulfilled. 

Prior to becoming Bishop in 1997, Rev. Elford was a pastor for 24 years, serving Free Methodist congregations in Calgary, Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Whitby, Ontario; and a church plant in Willowdale, Ontario. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Free Methodist World Conference.

Bishop Keith holds a B.A. from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and an M.A. from Canadian Theological Seminary. He enjoys writing and has contributed columns to religious publications and daily newspapers.  When possible, he likes downhill skiing, but can be found more frequently hiking recreationally and developing his skills as an amateur photographer. Bishop Keith and his wife Donna live in Mississauga, Ontario.

The Elfords have two adult children.  Rebecca and Adam Schnell and their children, Abby and Levi, live in Calgary, Alberta.  Greg, Erin and their son Obi, live in Mission, British Columbia where Greg is Lead Pastor of New Heights Free Methodist Church.

Bishop Elford’s Responsibilities
Vision Casting
Pastors Network System Leadership
National Church Overseer
National Church Administration
International Participation

Contact Bishop Keith Elford by emailing his Administrative Assistant, Marcia Goldstein