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Bishop Charles H. Ellis III is the Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan. He pastors nearly 8,000 and is known as a leader “with a heart for people.” In 2002, Bishop Ellis and the GGT Family celebrated the Grand Opening of their new 36 million dollar worship facility. Their vision had come to pass! This 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 250 ministries including the following, which extend beyond its religious mandate:
Over 100 Housing Units for seniors and families
2 Charter Schools (Grades K- 8)
Montessori Day Care Center
Television & Recording Studios
Most of these outreaches are headquartered at the church’s 20-acre complex known as the “City of David.” These ministries positively impact the Detroit community where he is a respected civic leader. Here are some of his honors and board appointments:
Board member of the Detroit Zoological Society
Board member of the YMCA (Metropolitan Detroit)
Board member of the Vanguard Health Care System (Detroit)
Founder and President of the GGT Non-profit Housing Corporation
Chairman of the Mayor’s Strategic Framework Plan Task Force
In July 2010, the 1.3 million-member Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W.) elected Bishop Ellis to the office of Presiding Bishop, making him the 10th elected person to the highest position in the world’s oldest Apostolic organization. He also presides over the Diocese of South Carolina. Bishop Ellis also brings the message of God’s love to a potential 85 million viewers across the nation on “The Word Network” and other TV and radio outlets.
Under his visionary leadership, Greater Grace Temple purchased the 120-acre New Rogell Golf Course in Detroit across from the church in 2007, making it the only African-American owned and operated golf facility in Michigan.
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.