WHO IS DESIREE ELDER?

Dancer, pastor, executive director of a Harlem-based non-profit, blogger, runaway bride and shoe enthusiast, Desiree Elder is an expert at the unconventional, unexplored,  Un-Princessed life. This lifestyle extends to her bio, which she will lay out in awesomely efficient bullet-points instead of boring paragraphs [who wants to read anyway?]. 

  • Desiree HeadshotOriginally from Southern California.
  • Graduate with Bachelors of Journalism from CSU Northridge.Former Professional dancer & choreographer in California.
  • Received Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
  • Associate Pastor at First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem.
  • Desiree explores topics such as black bodies, sexuality, spiritualism, and sacred vs. secular.
  • Developed discipleship education programs for 10,000 parishioners of FCBC.
  • Executive Director of The Dream Center Harlem.
  • Offers 40 original free programs annually
  • Serves more than 500 Harlem residents annually.
  • Runs a staff of 4 and over 200 volunteers. 
  • Artistic Director of The Sanctuary  Performing Arts Space
  • Worked with acts such as Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway Inspirational Voices, and more.
  • Launched the Un-Princess movement entitled: NOT CINDERELLA.
  • Tired of being defined by her title.
  • So over being defined by her outfits.
  • Wanted to break free from societal norms that did not speak to her.
  • Realized she wasn’t alone.
  • Ready for the journey to begin.
  • Married her fabulous husband Tony last year.
  • Gave birth to beautiful identical twin daughters, Nyah (knee-yah) and Niaya (nigh-yah) in January of 2017.