Bishop Charles H. Ellis III

As one of the most respected and authoritative figures in the religious community, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III serves as the Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple where he ministers to a congregation of over 6,500 people in Detroit, Michigan. 

Admired across the country, and beyond, his world-renowned church has hosted a number of historical events and services including the funeral of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.  Bishop Ellis is most known for his masterful illustrated sermons of which one entitled, “A Hybrid Hope” was featured on the front page of both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.  Bishop Ellis was also asked to give the local eulogy for Michael Jackson at a memorial ceremony held at the Motown Historical Museum.

Through his innovative approach to ministry, Bishop Ellis is helping to transform the lives of thousands of Detroiters.  Beyond his dedication to his church and city, Bishop Ellis is also the husband of First Lady Crisette and father to Kiera, and Charles IV.