Pastor Salim Elias fell asleep in Jesus today, June 30, 2021. Pastor Elias, and his late wife Alice, served the Azure Hills Church full time from 1976 to 2001. They served with distinction and grace, bringing their gifts of warmth, hospitality, and care to all they knew. Pastor Elias continued to bless this congregation as Patriarch Pastor until his passing. Pastor Elias shared the love of Jesus with all ages. He had a special love for children, and all through his life and ministry kids were drawn to him as a safe person who loved them with the love of God.
Pastor Elias loved this church well. He loved his family deeply. Most of all, he loved his beloved Jesus. They had a sweet and tender relationship that sustained him through all his years.
Our Azure Hills Church family is grateful for the lifetime of dedicated service given by Pastor Elias. We look forward to hearing Jesus say to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ (Mt. 25:23) and seeing his joy as he meets his dear Jesus face to face.
Pastor Elias is survived by his children, Intithar and Bonnie, Grace and Hany, Dee and Holly, as well as his grandchildren whom he loved so much. Please keep the Elias Family in your prayers as they await the soon coming of Jesus and that blessed resurrection reunion.
May God keep us all grounded in His love until that Glorious Day.