Our Pastor

Michael K. Hurst

Michael K. Hurst has been Pastor-Teacher of Elim Christian Fellowship of Des Moines, Iowa, Inc. since its inception on October 14, 2001. Elim is a strong supporter of reconciliation among the races, genders, classes, cultures and denominations. People from all races, religions, age groups and denominational affiliations are welcomed to worship and seek God’s face. Pastor is married to formerly known Cheryl Jackson and has two children.


Elim’s mission is to create worship that touches the heart of God, as a result, the wounded feel welcome and the faithful experience the freedom to have fellowship with Christ. To this end, God’s presence produces the joy which enables his children to find the peace which passes all understanding. Pastor-Teacher Michael K. Hurst is a 1991 graduate of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School where he received the Master of Divinity Degree in Theology.


Additionally, Pastor Hurst completed undergraduate work at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan receiving the Bachelor of Arts Degree as a Communication  Arts major with a minor in Volunteer Administration.  Prior to his ministry at Elim, Michael K. Hurst served as Pastor-Teacher of the Historical Bethel A.M.E. Church in Chicago, Illinois as well as Pastor-Teacher of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Des Moines, Iowa. His ministry is biblical based, God centered, and Holy Ghost directed as it relates to implementing relevant and insightful ministries to resurrect God’s children. Along with his ministerial experience, Pastor Hurst has served on various boards such as:


Godly proud father of two children, Michael II and Imari Noelle.  He also loves his church family.

Elim Christian Fellowship

525 E 9th Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 243-5512

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