Bishop J. Delano Ellis is a native of Pennsylvania and a product of the Philadelphia Public School System. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology from Howard University, a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Nazarene Seminary, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Ecclesiology and Episcopacy from Stafford University in London, England. Bishop Ellis is also the recipient of four honorary degrees from various Universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Prior to Bishop Ellis’ present responsibility as Senior Pastor for the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, he served the Church of God in Christ, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee for over thirty-five years. His gift for planning and organizing has been beneficial to the Body of Christ across denominational barriers. Bishop Ellis organized and developed the Adjutant’s Corp in the Church of God in Christ, and served the leader of that denomination for more than twenty-five years. In 1989, he established and organized the United Pentecostal Churches of Christ. During his tenure as head of this reformation, Bishop Ellis organized the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops’ Congress, which is an organization designed to train and prepare Pentecostal Bishops in their roles as episcopates.


After several years of committed service, the Joint College of Bishops elected Bishop Ellis to the titular rank and dignity of Metropolitan-Archbishop for that Communion of Pentecostals.


In 2006, Bishop Ellis was elected to the office of Senior Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ, and continues to teach and mentor pastors and bishops throughout the United States in the areas of leadership and churchmanship. He has also served as Adjunct Professor and Chapel preacher at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Bishop Ellis shares the pastorate of Pentecostal Church of Christ with his wife, Sabrina Joyce Ellis, to whom he has been married since 1982. He is the father to five, foster-father to one, grandfather to twenty-four and the great-grandfather to three (one deceased).