Elias was a Civil Engineering graduate. He spent few years in the construction industry from 1979 until 1984. Price inflation affected many industries, particularly the construction industry, and he was one of the many employees dislocated from his job.
He joined politics in his hometown after the 1986 Edsa revolution, serving as municipal councilor from 1987 until 1988. He ran as a candidate in 1988 and won, serving until 1992. In March 1992 he was stricken with a heart attack and became paralyzed on the left hemisphere.
One night in his house after spending days in the hospital, he was led out to experience a meeting with God. Inside a hut, he knelt down and prayed fervently how the three young children go to school. He repented and confessed saying, "I am sorry, Lord God, for my sins from birth until today. Forgive me as I forgive others." Thus he accepted and received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Elias joined the candidacy to the ministry in 2007 at APTS in Ambuklao, Baguio City under the United Methodist Church, graduating with a master of divinity from Aldersgate Divinity School in Baguio City and Solano Nueva Viscaya in March 2011.
Physically impaired due to stroke, Elias is assigned presently to the Resurrection United Methodist Church Umingan Pangasinan as Administrative Pastor.