Gospel Roots – The Elbie Kittinger Story

by: Lin Powell, KY-TN Conference Trust Services Director

Elbie Kittinger was raised in the Calhoun and Rumsey Kentucky area, two towns connected by one of the few bridges on the Green River. This part of Kentucky is in the Western Coal Fields Region and has a reputation for excellent agricultural production. Wherever Elbie lived, he never forgot Kentucky.

During World War II, he served his country as a medic in the United States Army. While stationed in England, the Lord led him to truth-filled books that planted the gospel seeds and were nurtured by the Holy Spirit for several years.

After receiving a medical discharge from the Army, he moved to New Jersey and married Rachel Locke; they had two children. Elbie had a gift for growing things and eventually worked in the grounds department of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Elbie never forgot the truths he learned as a young soldier, so he earnestly shared his thoughts with Rachel. They studied with a Seventh-day Adventist church member and eventually joined God’s remnant church. Elbie and Rachel/s daughter recently told us that her parents loved the Lord and His church and liked to sit on the very front row during services.

Elbie and Rachel loved their church very much. They decided to seek the assistance of the Conference Trust Services Deparment, and in their estate plan they remember the Lord’s work. Consequently, a portion of their estate was designated for gospel outreach in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

If you feel like Brother and Sister Kittinger that the Lord is leading for you to give a portion of your estate to fund the Great GOspel Commission given to us by Christ in Matthew 28, we at the Conference Trust Services Department would count it as a privilege to assist you.