Kenny was born and raised in Beeville, Texas and was baptized at the Beeville Church of Christ in 1969. He graduated from Texas A&M University in May 1979. Kenny has worked for various companies in the energy industry since 1979, taking early retirement from BP, after almost 20 years, in 2008. He currently works for Noble Energy as a Procurement Advisor supporting drilling and completion operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, offshore Israel and Cyprus.

Kenny married his wife Beth in September of 1979. They have three grown children, Russell, Phillip and Sara. The Elders have attended Cinco Ranch Church of Christ since July 1999. The entire Elder family has participated in youth mission trips to Mexico, Honduras and New Orleans since 2000. Kenny also sings tenor with the praise team. His hobbies include hunting, golf and attending Aggie athletic events with Beth.

Kenny has served as a shepherd since 2004. Prior to that, he served as the Ministry Team Leader for youth from 2001-2004. He currently serves as the resource shepherd for the Little Ranch Pre-School, the Cinco Kids Ministry and the College and Young Professionals Ministry.