Elwell "Rick" Mason Drew was the son of Ernest C. and Grace H. (Ames) Drew. In 1933, Elwell graduated from Providence Central High School, Providence, Rhode Island. In 1936, he graduated Providence Bible Institute. And then in 1939, he graduated with from Aurora College in Aurora, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in the Social Sciences. Note: Aurora College was re-named Aurora University in 1971.
Later in 1939, Elwell married Marie Anne Arsenault in Rhode Island, then two months later he was ordained as a minister in the Advent Christian Church of Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut. Circa 1943, Elwell and Marie moved to Aurora, Illinois where Elwell served as pastor of the Aurora Advent Christian Church. Later, they moved to San Diego, California where Elwell served as Pastor of the North Park Community Church.
Circa 1970, he returned to Aurora for a brief time, to again serve as Pastor of the Aurora Advent Christian Church.
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