Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III
“Creative” is the best way to describe the ministry. The ministry has become widely known for its “illustrated” sermons, which “dramatize” the gospel, and draw souls by the hundreds. At presentations of “The Whip, Hammer & Cross” and “To Hell and Back” as many as 500 or more are often drawn to the altar seeking salvation. Other efforts include “Football Camp” and “Willie Green’s Basketball Camp” where youth learn about football, basketball, and “life” from top professional players. The popular “Back To School Festival” gives youngsters a head start on school with free school supplies, free haircuts and more.
Bishop Ellis has always pursued having a church that goes “beyond the walls,” in an on-going effort to touch lives with the love of God. It is also his feeling that Greater Grace Temple must have a positive and powerful impact on its community bringing hope and uplift in every way possible.
In August 2010, the 1.3 million-member Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W.) elected Bishop Ellis to to the office of Presiding Bishop, the highest position in the world’s oldest Apostolic organization. The P.A.W. has over 4000 churches in the U.S. and around the globe. Bishop Ellis brings the message of God’s love to a potential 50 million viewers across the nation on “The Word Network” and other TV and radio outlets.
In July 2012, upon the passing of Bishop Henry L. Johnson, Bishop Ellis became the Diocesan of the California District Council.
Bishop Ellis is a Business Administration graduate of Wayne State University with
a major in Accounting. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Aenon Bible
College. He is married to Crisette Michelle, and is the proud father of three children:
Kiera, Charles IV, and Kirsten who made her transition in 1994.
ishop Charles H. Ellis III is the Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan, and is the Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P.A.W.). At Greater Grace, he pastors nearly 6,000 and is known as a leader “with a heart for people.” The church is headquartered in its 36 million dollar ministry complex known as the “City of David,” named after the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The state of the art masterpiece includes a 4,000 seat auditorium, and an elegant banquet hall and conference center. Under Bishop Ellis’ leadership Greater Grace Temple now has over 300 ministries including the following, which extend beyond its religious mandate: Housing Units for seniors and families, 2 Charter Schools (Grades K-8), Montessori Day Care Center, Print Shop, Television & Recording Studios, Travel Agency and Funeral Home.