Building upon the goals set forth last November in Nassau, Bahamas during the installation ceremony and planning sessions at the inauguration of Bishop Neil C. Ellis as head of the newly formed Global United Fellowship (GUF), some 300 pastors gathered recently in Winston Salem, NC to further develop the Fellowship’s overall mission, organizational structure and key appointments. Since forming only eight months ago, the outpouring and participation has been tremendous.
“This is a fellowship, not a denomination” echoed Bishop Ellis throughout the gathering, going on to describe the Fellowship’s five
prongs: Uniting the Body of Christ. “The Body of Christ is now fragmented, therefore, we are not maximizing all that can be done to build and uphold the kingdom of God here on earth. Global United Fellowship is inclusive of pastors and parent church ministries of any denomination that desires to move forward the spiritual mandates of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
GUF’s illustrious group of Vice Presiding Bishops was announced as follows: Bishop Joby Brady (The Potter’s House of North Dallas); Bishop Sheldon McCarter (Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church; Winston Salem, N.C.); Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr. (Bethel Baptist Institutional Church; Jacksonville, FL), and Bishop Designate Dr. Carolyn Showell (First Apostolic Faith Church; Baltimore, MD).
In addition to Bishop Designate Dr. Showell, who will oversee operational structure, three additional GUF Bishopric Candidates were announced: Bishop Designate Dr. John E. Guns (St. Paul Church; Jacksonville, FL) who will assume responsibility for Christian Education; Bishop Designate Dr. William H. Murphy Senior (Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church; Detroit, MI) who will serve as the Father of the Fellowship and Chairman of the Shepherds Care Unit; and Bishop Designate Dr. James R. Woodson II (St. James Home of Fresh Start; Greensboro, NC) who will serve as Executive Secretary.
Other key appointments announced during the meeting included Dr. Juanita Bynum (Global Ambassador of Prayer) and Bishop Hezekiah Walker (Bishop Over Music, Worship & The Arts); as well as GUF’s Executive Board & Spiritual Advisors, which include Bishop Rudolph McKissick Senior (Special Assistant to the Presiding Bishop); Bishop Kenneth Ulmer (Apostolic Aide to the Presiding Bishop) and Jackie McCullough (Spiritual Advisor). As the Fellowship begins to shape its leadership, nearly 80 officers were named over the two-day meeting. Further announcements of these officers are forthcoming.
“The fact that I waited eight months before announcing the leadership team is indicative of the fact that a lot of prayer and concentration have gone into the selections. I am totally satisfied that we have been able, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to pull together an initial team that not only has ability but has credibility.”odson II (St. James Home of Fresh Start; Greensboro, NC) who will serve as Executive Secretary.
I believe this team will serve to help get the fellowship off to a strong start as we move towards following the mandate that has been given to us to unite, equip, enhance, resurrect, and build,” says Bishop Ellis.
Resurrecting the discipline of prayer in the body of Christ is another prong of the Global United Fellowship. “The 21st Century Church has replaced prayer with praise, and we have to put prayer back in its rightful place of being the bedrock of our relationship with God. Prayer is to prepare for the praise, and the praise is supposed to lead us into God’s presence,” says Bishop Ellis.
To that end, pastors gathered at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning to pray over the City of Winston-Salem. Later, Mayor Allen Joines issued a proclamation naming March 26th as Global United Fellowship Day of Prayer in the city. “My heart is with Global United Fellowship, and I am excited about Global United Fellowship. Winston-Salem is a city that embraces diversity, and churches are the glue that holds this town together. I thank you for honoring us with your presence, and look forward to your return in July,” said Mayor Joines.
Next up, July 15 – 18, GUF’s first conference – The Gathering – will take place at the Benton Convention Centre in Winston Salem. Speakers will include Dr. Jamal Bryant; Bishop Kenneth Ulmer; Bishop I.V. Hilliard; Dr. Jackie McCullough; Bishop John Francis; Bishop Tudor Bismarck and many others. Details about The Gathering can be found here: GUF’s THE GATHERING.
“My hope is that this Fellowship will kill the spirit of class and rank that impedes our growth and arrests our ability to build the kingdom of God in a vibrant, efficient and beneficial way. This is the birth of something fresh in the Body of Christ,” says Bishop Ellis. “I am driven by the revelation that this is a trans-generational move of God and not just another ‘movement’. We are laying the foundation for a Kingdom vehicle through which future generations will literally come into the fullness of Kingdom building.”
About Global United Fellowship
Established in 2013 under the leadership of Bishop Neil C. Ellis, Global United Fellowship (GUF) is a cross-denominational fellowship of spiritual leaders and churches united to strategically plan, implement and execute transformative and generational impact, and expand the Kingdom of God to all the nations of the world. The Fellowship’s Five Prong mandate is to unite churches; equip leaders; enhance marriages; resurrect the discipline of prayer and build covenant relationships within the Body of Christ. GUF is comprised of more than 300 churches from countries and provinces including the Bahamas; England; Jamaica; Pakistan; South Africa; the Turks & Caicos Islands, and The United States. With over 80 consecrated Bishops and Apostles in the Fellowship, and hundreds of influential pastors, GUF is equipped to leave a major spiritual imprint on today’s culture through targeted ministries in the areas of Family, Education, Business, Media, Religion, Government and Arts & Entertainment. More information can be found at www.globalunitedfellowship.org.
About Bishop Neil C. Ellis
Bishop Neil C. Ellis is Presiding Bishop of The Global United Fellowship, and Senior Pastor of Mt. Tabor Church in Nassau, Bahamas. A gifted and dynamic pastor, speaker and leader, Bishop Ellis is passionate about the Word of God and its ability to transform lives. He is the author of 12 books; serves as mentor to more than 40 pastors in the Bahamas and throughout the United States; and has traveled throughout The Caribbean, North America, Germany, Africa, Israel, Greece and Rome preaching the Gospel. Bishop Ellis has been recognized by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, for rendering distinguished services in Commonwealth nations. He is the recipient of the 2010 Trumpet Award for Spiritual Enlightenment and he is the youngest living inductee in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, GA. Bishop Ellis is married to the former Patrice Michelle Johnson and they, along with their two children Johnathan and Renechea, reside in Nassau, Bahamas.