Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

BJ Elkins

Engineering Fellow - WASH
Joined EMI: November 2020
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS Civil Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, 2018
  • MS Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2020
  • Certificate International Development Studies, Colorado State University, 2020
  • Engineer in Training (EIT)

BJ worked at a small civil design firm in Ruston, Louisiana named DeForest Engineering Consultants from 2015 through 2019. There he was a civil engineering intern where he learned to use AutoCAD Civil 3D for land development projects. He then attended Colorado State University to study Water Engineering and International Development. During his graduate studies, he was a GTA for the Intro to Civil Engineering and Water for International Development courses and a CAD intern at Landmark EPC in Loveland, Colorado.

Ministry Experience

BJ is a covenant child of believing parents. He grew up in Grace EPC and attended a high school connected to the church in Alexandria, Louisiana where he was discipled in sound doctrine and good works. Through several trips with Compassion International, he became passionate about serving the global poor with his God-given gifts. In college, he joined the Wesley Foundation of Louisiana Tech on a 30-day construction project in La Gonave, Haiti where they repaired a desalination system. This trip put a passion in his heart to bring clean water and sanitation to impoverished communities worldwide.


BJ is married to the lovely Katie Carter Elkins. Katie is a Speech Language Pathologist in Harrison School District (2) in Colorado Springs. They have known each other since they were seven years old, and have been best friends for many years.