John Elliott was raised in rural Grundy County Missouri, graduated from Trenton High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. During his tenure in college, John attained the highest FFA honor when he was awarded the American Farmer Degree.
He worked in the financial and banking industry for thirteen years including seven years at Wells Bank of Platte City. He was responsible for compliance and worked in both the operations and lending departments. John is the Vice President of Inside Information, a company he founded with wife, Julie, to provide marketing and research services to electric utilities nationwide. Inside Information has provided services for more than 300 electric cooperatives in 34 states. Inside Information, Inc. has thirteen employees and annual revenue of more than $2,000,000.
John also served Platte County, Missouri as District 2 Associate Commissioner where he was actively involved in implementing long-term planning and budgeting from 2017-2020 and oversaw the County’s Information Technology Department and Public Works Department. He was the County’s representative to both the Platte County Economic Development Council and the Kansas City, Missouri Economic Development Council.
John and Julie were founding members of Northland Christian Education System. NCES began in 2006 with 25 high school students. It is now a pre-k through 12 school system with three campuses and more than 400 students. John served as the NCES board president for 16 years and attended eight Kingdom Education Institute conferences with school administrators and faculty. John’s passion is making Christian education more accessible, more affordable and more sustainable.
During this period, NCES became accredited and re-accredited (renewed every five years) with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED.
John currently serves as president of the American Democracy Alliance and formerly served as the president of the Adam Smith Foundation and president of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom.
John and Julie have been married for over 30 years. They reside in Platte County, Missouri, and have two grown children, Samuel and Sadie, and daughter-in-law, Collins. They are also enjoying their first two grandchildren, Virginia and Magnolia. Sam, Collins, and Sadie graduated from Northland Christian School in Kansas City, Missouri. Sam received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia in May ‘20. Sadie received her MBA from ESCP Europe in July ‘20. Collins has an education degree from John Brown University and taught third grade at a Christian school for three years prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom.