Archbishop Jesse Delano Ellis, II (HUMC 2011)
Archbishop Jesse Delano Ellis was Metropolitan Archbishop of the Joint College of Bishops, presiding prelate of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ and senior pastor of the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. Locally and nationally, Archbishop Ellis was lauded for his leadership in African American Pentecostalism. In 1989, he founded the United Pentecostal Churches of Christ, now known as the United Covenant Churches of Christ. The Bishop was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University, a Master’s in Religious Education from the Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Ecclesiology and Episcopacy from Stafford University in London, England. The Bishop received his Ordination at the hands of (the Late) Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Sr. in 1963 and was elevated to the Episcopacy in 1970 at the hands of (the Late) Bishop Brumfield Johnson at Boston, Massachusetts. The Bishop was one of the nation’s most respected Christian leaders. During his tenure in the Church Of God In Christ, he served as the third appointed Adjutant General from 1988-89. From 1992 to 2004, he served as the Presiding Prelate of United Pentecostal Churches of Christ (UPCC); Ellis also established the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops. Having founded the Joint College of Pentecostal Bishops, he was elected (unanimously) by the Joint College in session in 2006 at Cleveland, Ohio with two-hundred Bishops casting a ballot and endorsing the Patent for the bishop’s Archiepiscopacy.