Gloria Elliott was born the youngest of three children to parents who were home missionaries, who pioneered and planted churches throughout the state of Virginia. She made her singing debut at the age of 4, standing on the altar of her dad’s church in Salem, Virginia. Thus began the music ministry that would touch thousands from coast to coast.
As a young girl, Gloria dreamed of singing in the Revivaltime Choir, directed by Cyril McLellan and featured on the Assemblies of God international radio program by the same name. At the time, C.M. Ward was the host speaker for Revivaltime. In 1967, Gloria was granted the desire of her heart when asked to be the soloist for the acclaimed broadcast. After 4 years in this position, she was offered the opportunity to record with John T. Benson on the Impact label, in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1970, Gloria recorded an album with Bob MacKenzie and Ron Huff in London, England. Since that time she has recorded albums for many highly regarded music producers and arrangers, among them: Svante Widen from Sweden; Rick Powell and Bob Krogstad on the Zondervan label in Nashville, Tennessee, and London, England; and, most recently, for Gary S. Paxton on the GarPax label in Branson, Missouri.
One of the highlights in her career was her work with Ralph Carmichael at the Red Rocks Theater in Denver, Colorado, as the soloist for the Assemblies of God General Council Sunday Evening Celebration. Other artists appearing on the program were Dino, The Hawaiians, Big John Hall and Ken Carter.
In 1980, Gloria experienced a devastating personal loss and illness that almost caused her to leave the ministry. Then, a loving God restored her to new life and victory … and put new songs in her heart. Joe and Mark Stevens with Christian World offered her the opportunity to begin recording once again. Working with Don Johnson as arranger, Christian World produced 4 recordings, one of which is a Christmas production.
In the course of her career, Gloria has ministered in song at 9 General Councils of the Assemblies of God, and at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. She has appeared with David Maines and 100 Huntley Street, the 700 Club, PTL, TBN, CTN, TCT, John Hagee TV Program, and the New Jim Bakker Show currently out of Blue Eye, Missouri. Night Sounds, with host Bill Pierce, has also been an outlet for her music.
Though Gloria has been privileged to present the gospel via song in many large arenas, her calling … and real love … is for ‘Home Missions’ and small rural churches. It is this calling that propels her to maintain an on-going schedule of ministry at this time in her life. She lives by this scriptural pronouncement:
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” I Timothy 1:12