About Elaine

Elaine is an author, speaker, and blogger who is reaching out to help Christian women in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia fully internalize their faith and effectively demonstrate Jesus’ transformative power. In doing so, she hopes to empower the next generation of Christian women leaders to be passionate mentors to women everywhere. She established Transforming Love Ministries™ LLC in early 2016.

Elaine is structuring TLM to be a leading for-profit enterprise that works toward:

  • Developing high-level maturation and function of a woman’s faith by providing Christian-based materials (e.g., electronic devotional materials, written books, workshops & seminars, video training).
  • Providing an opportunity for all women to grow in faith by hosting an annual 2-3 day women’s conference in the Hampton Roads area and an annual 2-day women’s retreat in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.
  • Cultivating professional writers and/or speakers in the Christian genre.
  • Establishing a leadership program that guides those interested in leading women’s ministry through a step-by-step certification program, empowering them with the skills necessary to grow thriving ministries (e.g., Biblical knowledge, networking skills, program/financial planning skills).

Elaine has maintained an active blog since early 2014. She self-published her first book, Love Echoed Back, in August 2014. Of late, she has been networking with local area churches, serving in a speaking capacity. Her Facebook page is @ElaineLankfordTLM.

The Rest of the Story

Raised in a traditional Christian home, Elaine always knew Jesus existed. She came to faith early in life. Many times she had heard the words of John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Yet something was still missing, something lost in the translation. Several years ago, Elaine came to realize that knowing was not necessarily equal to understanding, and so she began to seek a real, heartfelt relationship with Christ. Not a casual acquaintance, but a meaningful relationship with her Savior. The words penned by the Apostle John would soon jump off the pages of the Bible and a passion for finding the life would ignite within her.

Prior to entering ministry, Elaine was a professional nurse. She dedicated the first half of her clinical career to the field of Oncology and the second half to the area of Pain Management. Later, she transitioned out of the clinical arena into a nonclinical advisory role in the area of medical record documentation, coding, and auditing.

In addition to ministry work, Elaine has formed Lankford Consulting and Communications, which is a leadership development company. She is a Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker through the John Maxwell Team. In that vein, she serves as a board member of the Christian Business Coalition of Hampton Roads, which strives to provide Christian business owners leadership education and training.

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Elaine is a Dynamic Speaker!

Elaine's greatest joy is communicating God's word and demonstrating the transformative power of Christ's love through her own personal testimony.

Elaine’s Family

Elaine was born and raised in Suffolk, Virginia and continues to reside there with Darrell, her husband of 25 years. Darrell has worked in the ship building and repair industry for over 25 years. Their son, Nicholas, is attending college and will be earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with special emphasis on foreign language.

The Lankford’s Home Church

The Lankfords are long-standing members of Believers Church in Suffolk, Virginia. There Elaine has served the Lord in several capacities over the years, including serving as a small group leader for both general membership-based and women-based groups. It has also been her privilege to be a part of the Prayer Team and pray each week over those who seek intercession. She has served as a co-leader and as a general member of the Missions Team, traveling yearly to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua to support the work of the local church and orphanage there. Darrell plays regularly as a lead guitar for the Praise and Worship Band and has served as a small group leader. The church motto is Making Jesus #1, one person at a time. If you are in the local area, come join the Lankfords in worshiping the one true King. Visit here >> believerschurch.org