The Late Bishop David Ellis

bishopellisBishop David L. Ellis a native of Chicago was endowed at birth October 4, 1935, with a tremendous Christian heritage. His parents, the late Elder Charles H. and Florence Lucille Ellis, were the founding pastor of Chicago’s Indiana Avenue Pentecostal Church of God, established in 1934.

Bishop David Ellis the eleventh child of their union was born October 4, 1935, and was to mature in an environment of close knit family harmony with deep admiration and respect for his parents. He witnessed his father’s relentless pursuits in establishing the Indiana Avenue church and shepherdizing it through the post depression years of the 30’s, the turbulent war years of the 40’s and the post war era. He marveled at his mother’s ability to manage the care and comfort of her home and family and at the same time share her husband’s struggle in building his church. He learned some of his most valuable life lessons from these saintly parents, lessons that served him well in the years ahead when he began his pastorate.

Following elementary and secondary education in Chicago, he studied at the Moody Bible institute in Chicago. He was filled with the Holy Ghost on January 26, 1948. He preached his initial sermon at Indiana Avenues Pentecostal Church in June, 1953. From his marriage on September 9, 1954 to Wilma Ruth Bardwell, there are four daughters and three sons. Two of his sons are ministers. Elected as Pastor of New Bethel Temple (now known as Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith) in May, 1962, he ultimately moved to Detroit, Michigan to assume full time pastoral obligations. As its history relates, Greater Grace Temple’s remarkable progress is unparalleled in today’s history of Black apostolic churches.

Bishop Ellis was honored in 1975 with his Doctor of Divinity Degree; in 1977 with a Doctor of Humanities Degree and in 1982 he was ordained as Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Diocesan of the 30th Episcopal District of the Georgia State Council. He also served as the Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Bishop Ellis’ life can be summed up in his theme song, “Down through the years…GOD’s been good to me.” On March 19, 1996 Bishop David L. Ellis went home to his eternal reward.


Published on March 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm  Comments (13)  

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  1. Bless the name of the Lord..I truly have admired this wonderful man of God. Unfortunately I found him on Youtube years after his going home to be with the Lord. I wish I could have known this man of the Lord…

  2. HELLO THIS IS AMY NAGY I WENT TO THE CHURCH LONGTIMEAGO WITH MY FOSTER MOM AND DAD BUT I MISS YOU BISHOP ELLIS YOU ARE A GOOD MAN AND I LIKE YOU SEVICE ALOT AND I WATCH YOU ON TV AT 5:00AM SOMETIME I STAY UP BECAUSE I CANT SLEEP SO I SAW HIS CHURCH ON TV EVERYDAY AND SAT TO PS.I WILL MISS HIM BUT I WILL SEE HIM IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY THANK YOU SIGN AMY NAGY/ ANAGY1014@YAHOO.COM

  3. Ilove Bishop Eillis

  4. i miss you and i love you bishop ellis.
    as a future husband and a friend.

    • Amen…did his wife know (LOL). But a great man, Bishop Ellis was, he was of a rare quality of man

  5. we are related friends and i do have a face book. of my mom and my nephew. on the picture. i miss you and i love you, i live in east hartford ct and my church at hartford ct.

  6. Im Inspired. Through Bishop Ellis ministry through the Holy Ghost, I get more knowledge, understanding and deliverance.Though he is gone to be with the Lord the messages God allowed him to deliver is transforming lives includeing mines.

  7. miss my pastor…. I will always love Bishop David Ellis and Special First Lady Mother Wilma Ruth Ellis Johnson…they were my spiritual parents

  8. Would to God we could bring back this type of anointed preaching!!

    • Oh how I love hearing Bishop ellis on YouTube. So much aonoyinh and power in that place. You are greatly missed. Did mother ellis remarry?

  9. I wish I knew the man of God.

  10. I found out about Bishop David Ellis on YouTube. I enjoy watching him sing and preach. I only wish I could’ve met him in person. It’s amazing how he still encourages people today, over 20 years after his death.

  11. I thank GOD I stumbled upon this great man of GOD on YouTube a couple of years ago. He continues to bless my soul.


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