Elias is married to Nozipho. He is a minister of the Gospel at Welamlambo Baptist Mission in Tembisa near Kempton Park. He ministered for five years as a student pastor and five years full-time in Bramfischer Soweto under the auspices of what is now called REACH SA (formerly Church of England in South Africa).
Elias grew up in a rural village of Tweefontein in what was known as KwaNdebele (Ndebele Homeland) in Mpumalanga. He completed his BTh studies through Mukhanyo Theological College in KwaMhlanga and his BTh (Hons) through George Whitefield College in Cape Town.