The Rev. Fran M. Elrod was appointed by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston as superintendent of the Columbia District in 2022. Rev. Elrod, who most recently served as senior pastor of Clemson United Methodist Church in Clemson since 2018, also serves as secretary of the Cabinet.
Rev. Elrod was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated from Columbia College in 1995 with a bachelor of arts degree.
She was ordained in 2003, after studying at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and her graduation in 1999 from Erskine Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree. In addition to her appointment to Clemson UMC, Rev. Elrod has served Wesley UMC in Hartsville, St. John’s UMC in Anderson, Trinity UMC in Honea Path, and Calhoun Falls UMC. Her ministry also has included work as an oncology and palliative care counselor for AnMed Health in Anderson.
In addition to Rev. Elrod’s work in local churches, she has served in many ways, including as a member and chairperson of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and as a member of the Bishop’s Ministry Advisory Team and the Conference Committee on Congregational Development. She has served as chairperson of the Hartsville District Committee on Ordained Ministry and as registrar of the Anderson District Committee on Ordained Ministry. She also has served as a delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Rev. Elrod is married to Larry Elrod. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Rev. Elrod enjoys kayaking, reading, hiking, fishing and spending time with her family.