Terri Martinson Elton is Professor of Leadership at Luther Seminary. She began teaching at Luther Seminary as an adjunct instructor in 2004 before becoming the director of the Center for Children, Youth and Family Ministry in 2008. She became associate professor of Children, Youth and Family Ministry in 2010 and associate professor of Leadership in 2014.

Prior to her call to Luther Seminary, Elton served as an associate to the bishop in the Saint Paul Area Synod where her responsibilities included working with congregations, leadership development, First Call theological education and youth and family ministry.

She authored To Know, To Live, To Grow confirmation curriculum and co-authored What Really Matters, a book for congregational leaders.

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