The new senior pastor of Great Faith Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 4767 N. Hopkins St., took the helm of the congregation Sunday December 4, 2011.
Great Faith’s – commonly referred to as “The Church With The Common Touch” – membership overwhelmingly voted in Ellis after he visited and preached at the church in late July of 2011.
The Atlanta, Georgia native recently moved to the Milwaukee area from Macon, Georgia where he served as Executive Pastor of Youth & Young Adults at the Macedonia Baptist Church.
Great Faith functioned for nearly a year under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and several local area pastors. Pastor Ellis follows in the great legacy of the late Rev. Benjamin Nabors who was the Founder/Senior Pastor of Great Faith Progressive Missionary Baptist Church who went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2010.
During Pastor Nabors’ tenure, Great Faith experienced tremendous growth both spiritually and numerically.
When we asked about his thoughts on the Rev. Nabors’s legacy, Ellis said: “I’m both humbled and honored to follow behind such a rich legacy of outstanding leadership of Pastor Nabors.” Adding, “I could never replace nor fill Pastor Nabors shoes but I can pick them up and keep on moving in a positive direction.”
Rev. Ellis follows in line with Great Faith’s church theme for 2012 “A Church On A Journey Towards A New Beginning“. Rev. Ellis comes to Great Faith with an extensive background in the academic and theological realms.
Upon graduating from high school in Macon, Georgia (where his family moved when he was a young boy), the Rev. Ellis enrolled at Paine College and graduated with honors from Paine College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. He then went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.
The Rev. Ellis continued his theological education by completing a course in Church Business Administration through the National Association of Church Business Administration at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
The Rev. Ellis accepted the call into Christian Ministry at the age of seventeen while a junior in high school and was licensed and ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 2008 in Augusta, Georgia by the Elim Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia.
Prior to moving to the Midwest, Rev. Ellis was the Executive Pastor of Youth & Young Adults at Macedonia Baptist Church from December 2009 until his recent calling to Great Faith Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor Ellis says he is excited about assuming the Senior Pastorate of Great Faith. “I believe the pastorate is a sacred stewardship between pastor, congregation and community. I look forward to loving, leading, liberating and lifting the people of Great Faith Progressive MBC and North Milwaukee”
The Rev. Ellis is happily married to this high school sweetheart, the former Malloree Staten of Macon, Georgia.
The Great Faith Progressive Missionary Baptist Church has two worship services on Sundays at 8:00am and 10:30 am as well as two bible study opportunities on Wednesdays at 10am and 7:00pm.