Pastor Don Ellerd
January 24, 1974 – November 7, 2021
Don Ellerd was born in Modesto, CA on January 24, 1974 to David and Neva Ellerd and he left this earth on November 7, 2021 to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Ellerd, and children Daniel Ellerd, Rebekah Shepherd and Charles Shepherd, all of Denair. He also leaves behind his granddaughter Penelope Shepherd, his mother Neva Ellerd, sister Danell Gomes, brother Mike Gomes, niece Shayln Gomes, nephew Justin Gomes, and many other family members that loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father David Ellerd, grandparents Earley and Laura Ellerd, and Calvin and Iola Hibdon.
Donny graduated from Denair High School and continued his education at UTI in Arizona as well as attending California Christian College and completing his Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies at Central Valley Bible Institute.
He was in ministry at LifeGate Free Will Baptist Church for over 20 years where he was the Youth Pastor for 8 years and Head Pastor for 9 years.
Donny was also the Director of the Barrier and Sweetwater Christian Camp in Mariposa, CA as well as a newly commissioned home missionary by the National Association of Free Will Baptists and North American Ministries.
He had a heart for people, especially the youth, and preached the Gospel with passion to anyone who would listen. No matter how much he loved a person, he always wanted them to know “Jesus loves you more”.
A Celebration of life will be held at LifeGate Free Will Baptist Church, 2217 Geer Rd., Turlock, at 1pm on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Barrier – Sweetwater Youth Camp at PO Box 1195, Mariposa, CA 95338.