Pastor Elmore Garner was born August 8, 1957 in Independence, Louisiana to the proud parents of the late Rev. Herbert Garner and Barbara Ann Sterling Garner. Together, his parents were blessed with three children; Judy Marie Garner McCray of Austin, Texas and Deborah Faye Garner Huey of Kernnisville, North Carolina. Pastor Garner is the last in this birth order. Pastor Garner is a native of Hammond, Louisiana.
Pastor Garner is a graduate of Hammond High School, Hammond, Louisiana. After high school he attended Hammond Vocational Technical Institute of Hammond, Louisiana where he became certified as an Industrial Welder and Fabricator Student.
In March 1981, Pastor Garner was called into the ministry. His pastoralship began at Saint James Baptist Church, Ticfaw, Louisiana. During this time he also pastored Sweet Home Baptist Church, Albany, Louisiana. Pastor Garner’s Evangelistic ministry has taken him all across this nation to places such as California, Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.
On July 22, 1978, Pastor Garner was, in holy matrimony, married to Renae’ Ussin Garner. Pastor Garner is the proud father of three; Elmarko of Dallas, Texas; Terrell and Tanya of Houston, Texas, and eight grandchildren, Elijah, Kamille, Elmarko Jr., Micah, Matthew, Maya, Matthias, and Avione.
He was called to shepherd the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in January 1992. In 1995, he led a tour of believers from the Mount Calvary Baptist Church and surrounding area to Jerusalem, the Holy Land, where he preached God’s word and baptized those believers in the River of Jordan.
Pastor Garner attended Union Baptist Theological Seminary, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
During his 20-year ministry, Pastor Garner has received various awards, such as:
Honorary Assistant District Attorney of Calcasieu Parish1993 Office of Community Service Award for Volunteers1998 Religious Man of the Year Award by the Kiwanis Club1998
Pastor Garner is actively involved with the Baptist Ministers Union of Lake Charles and Vicinity; Baptist Youth Week Observance; he is the City Wide Revival Coordinator; served as secretary Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention Evangelical Board. He served from 1999 to 2008 as the Youth Director for the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention. Pastor Garner was appointed as LHFMBSC Congress Director in July 2008; National Baptist Convention of America Assistant Director of Off Site Registration and Recruitment for Congress; Serves on the Board of Directors of the Baptist Ministers Union American College Extension; United Way of Calcasieu Parish; The American Heart Association; NAACP of Lake Charles, and a former member of the Calcasieu Parish Pastors on Patrol. He has visited Guyana South America, Kingston Jamaica, and Rome Italy with the Lott Carey Pastors Excellence Program.
Under his leadership at Mount Calvary, Pastor Garner has integrated many programs and developed several effective ministries that have continued Mount Calvary’s growth and spiritual development.
Pastor Garner received a conferred Doctorate Degree from the Christian Bible College of New Orleans, Louisiana and earned his Master of Theology Degree in April 2001.
His greatest desire is to serve Christ and to walk worthy of his calling. He loves the people of God with a pure heart. His Prayer is that they will have a strong committed relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.