Our Founding Pastor
MEET OUR FOUNDING PASTOR
Bishop Neil C. Ellis
In every generation and in every nation, God raises up ordinary men to achieve extraordinary exploits. It was true then and today this truth remains.
The values of humility, hard work, and gratitude provide the foundation upon which Bishop Neil Clarence Ellis stands. Being the seventh child of Clarence and the late Elva Ellis, he was born on the tiny island of Bimini, Bahamas. Nurtured in a home where strong Christian values were practiced, Bishop Ellis gave his life to the lord at a very early age. The voice of his grandfather “Papa’ echos even now, “one day son, you will pastor a great congregation’
Charismatic and personable, at the tender age of 11 years, his oratorical skills catapulted him into the national spotlight. His presentation impressed the former Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling. The result, he was awarded a scholarship to attend one of the premier high schools in the capital city of Nassau. Upon graduating, he matriculated to the University of the Bahamas (formerly called College of The Bahamas) to study accounts. There he served as President of the College of the Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS) and became the first inductee of the school’s Hall of Fame. His college years solidified the formal development of his business and leadership skills. Today, he is widely known for his business acumen and astute leadership skills both in church and civic arenas.
This former businessman/general manager heard and accepted a higher calling to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and shepherd God’s flock. In February 1987, Bishop & Lady Patrice Ellis along with eleven charter members organized the then Mount Tabor Union Baptist Church. This marked the beginning of Bishop Ellis’s outstanding pastoral influence. He has emerged as the pastor of thousands locally at Mount Tabor Church and thousands more internationally via his Internet Church, Mount Tabor Anytime. Each week his soul-stirring, life-changing, motivational, inspirational, and revelatory messages are viewed and heard on both television and radio stations and streamed over the internet.
As a pastor to pastors, he mentors many clergymen from The Bahamas, and around the United States and Europe. He also serves as counselor and advisor to many leaders in civic, community, and governmental relations. This author of 13 books continues to share his wisdom and truths on spiritual matters through his writings. His recognition by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England for rendering distinguished services in Commonwealth nations is a testament to the impact of his ministry. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Trumpet Award for Spiritual Enlightenment and is the youngest living inductee in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame located in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, 2010 his song, “Don’t Do It Without Me” was nominated for a prestigious Dove Award in the gospel music industry.
Bishop Ellis is passionate about the Word of God and its ability to transform lives. It is for this cause that he travels extensively throughout The Bahamas, the Caribbean, North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Israel, Greece, and Rome preaching the gospel.
For twenty years he served faithfully in various offices in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International ranging from State Overseer to 2nd Presiding Bishop, an office that he held until his resignation in August 2013. Subsequently, in November 2013, Bishop Ellis embarked upon his global assignment with the launch of The Global United Fellowship. This international body of spiritual leaders, fellowships and congregations are united to strategically plan, implement and execute transformative and generational change, as well as expand the Kingdom of God to all the nations of the world. It is for this reason he says, “I was born.” Bishop Neil C. Ellis serves as the presiding prelate of the Fellowship and affecting change and infiltrating kingdom principles in systems of education, government, arts & entertainment, business, family, religion, and the media remain a global priority.
Bishop Elllis is the recipient of two honorary Doctorate of Divinity degrees from St. Thomas Christian College and Virginia Theological Seminary and College. He has a third Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Sojourner Douglas College and a PhD in Covenant Leadership from New Covenant University.
Bishop Ellis is married to the former Patrice Michelle Johnson and they along with their two children, Johnathan and Ranechea, reside in Nassau, Bahamas.
Bishop Ellis is an ordinary man whom God continues to use to do extraordinary exploits.