L.I.F.E. Cells is the discipleship ministry through small groups at His Vineyard. In L.I.F.E. Cells, we enjoy establishing and cultivating personal relationships as we study the Word of God in relation to God’s purpose for our lives here on earth. We study the Bible by use of The L.I.F.E. Curriculum, a comprehensive series of studies designed to teach the Bible’s story, structure, strategy, and service plan for all believers.

Pastor Allen Elder is a native of Greer, SC. He grew up in the Greer and Duncan area. He has served Southern Baptist Churches in South Carolina for 30 years. He is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School, Spartanburg Community College, and Newburgh Bible College. Allen is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has a passion for training church leaders as pastors, deacons, and as faithful church members. His single-minded focus is the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations.

Allen and Connie met in the tenth grade at Byrnes High School in 1976. They were married in 1985. Connie is employed with District Five Schools where she works in the computer lab at Berry Shoals Intermediate School. She has also coached girls sports within the district. They are the parents of three sons, Trey, Blake, and Scott. Their home is in Startex, SC.