About Our Lead Pastors

The courtship between Keith and Sheila Craft began in 1975, when Keith moved from Dallas, Texas to Slidell, Louisiana. It continued through their college graduation from Evangel University in 1982, and they were married in 1983. He and Sheila have three children, Joshua and Keela who both serve on the pastoral team of ELC, and Whitney, who serves on the worship team at Elevate Life. Pastor Keith is much more than just a “pastor.” Before founding Elevate Life Church, Keith traveled 48 weeks a year, for almost twenty years as a motivational speaker and leadership strategist; and he continues to travel as much as his schedule allows. He has shared the stage, and spoken alongside former world leaders like Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.


Along with ELC, Keith is the President of Keith Craft Leadership Shapers, a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping people increase their leadership capacity and maximize their personal and professional lives. He is also the founder of Leadershipology, a daily live internet quote service. No matter what the method is, Pastor Keith’s ultimate vision is to be a leader who motivates people to reach their God-given potential. Pastor Sheila has always had a great love for children. Before co-founding Elevate Life Church, she was an elementary school teacher, and she understands greatly the need for children’s potential to be discovered, developed, and deployed so that they can realize the future God has for them. Pastor Sheila serves as the Executive Children’s Ministry Director, providing leadership and pastoral oversight for the entire children’s ministry of Elevate Life. She is also the Director of Women’s Ministries, and in this role inspires the transformation that takes place in the women of Elevate Life Church.