Born and raised in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, Elisha is a 1975 graduate of Germantown High School and a 1984 graduate of Cheyney University of PA.
Elisha is the Community Engagement Manager with Uplift, whose mission is delivering entrepreneurial solutions that support underserved communities for the joy of a healthy life with clients across the country. Uplift strives to accomplish this mission by working with community leaders, grocery operators, community development financial institutions (CDFI), government, and nonprofits to bring innovative, sustainable supermarkets to low-income urban communities by overcoming financial barriers and developing entrepreneurial innovations. Elisha was employed at Cheyney University of PA as the Assistant Director, Center for Career & Professional Development and the Coordinator of Internships for a number of years. In this capacity he was responsible for developing partnerships with businesses and placing students in internships and jobs. He has worked with students with the specific aim to engage students in meaningful career services and internship experiences while building industry partnerships. It was the goal of his office to have every graduate leave with a degree and work experience as an intern. He hosted “The Accountability Factor” on WDAS 1480 AM Radio for over five years before the station was sold in 2007 and he hosted “Sunday School Time” on WNJC 1360 AM Radio for four years. Elisha wrote a weekly column for the Sunday Sun for over 4 years.
Involved in numerous community organizations, Elisha served the Philadelphia NAACP as Assistant Secretary, and Advisor to the Philadelphia NAACP Youth Council. He was elected in October of 2007 as the State of Pennsylvania NAACP Youth Advisor, responsible for all Youth Councils and College Units in Pennsylvania, including Units at Cheyney University, Temple, Drexel, Widener and the University of Pennsylvania, a position he held for over 10 years. Elisha’s current and former board affiliations include: Community Advisory Board at Philadelphia Public Health Center #5, National Association of Sales Professionals, Philadelphia Police Clergy, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Cheyney University National & Philadelphia Alumni Associations, COGIC of Memphis, TN.
Elder Elisha was licensed to preach in 1986 by Pastor Earnest C. Morris at the Mount Airy COGIC. He was Ordained in 1994 by Bishop O. T. Jones, Jr., during the Commonwealth of PA’s 75th Annual Holy Convocation. Elder Elisha is a COGIC Historian and teaches the Ordination Classes. Elder Morris served as the Church Administrator and Director of Christian Education at the Noville Memorial COGIC in North Philadelphia from 2007 to 2010, where Elder Jon Drummond is the Pastor. Elder Morris was the Youth Pastor at Christian Tabernacle COGIC under Bishop R. T. Jones, Jr. and Assistant Youth Director at Mount Airy COGIC under Pastor Ernest. C. Morris.
Elisha is frequently called upon as a motivational speaker on issues of health care, religion, politics, youth, males, and education. He also conducts many seminars and workshops for colleges, churches and non-profits in the Tri State Area covering topics such as: Gun Violence & It’s Cost, Fathers & Their Effect on Student’s Education, Manhood 101, Pre-Marriage, Marriage & Family, Leadership Training for Youth, What to Look for in a Future Husband/Wife and specific topics requested by organizations.