Rev. Jarvis A. Ellis, Sr.

Dynamic, relevant, uplifting, and innovative are some of the words often used to describe the ministry of Pastor Jarvis A. Ellis Sr. Pastor Ellis serves as Senior Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. A proud native of Atlanta, Georgia, Pastor Ellis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling & Theological Studies from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and he is currently a Doctoral of Ministry Student at Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School in Anderson, SC pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in 21st Century Ministry. Prior to serving at Macedonia, Pastor Ellis faithfully served as Senior Pastor of the New Direction Christian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 10 years. Under Pastor Ellis’s dynamic and Spirit-led leadership, New Direction Christian Church grew to over 500 members.

In 2017, The Milwaukee Courier African American Newspaper tabbed The New Direction Christian Church as one of the Top 20 Fastest Growing Churches in Milwaukee.

As a community leader, Pastor Ellis has served on several boards and has been selected as the keynote speaker for many ministerial associations, alliances, and national organizations, including the prestigious National Baptist Conventions. Not only is Pastor Ellis highly respected but he is described among many his peers and colleagues as the “preacher’s preacher” and “the community’s Pastor” for his ministry work both inside and outside the walls of the church. Pastor Ellis was awarded a “Key to the City of Milwaukee” in January 2015 because of his service to the church, community, and commitment to bridging the gap between spirituality and social activism. Pastor Ellis is a highly sought-after communicator of the Gospel. Young and seasoned alike have been blessed by his message of allegiance and authenticity, as well as his willingness to deal with relevant issues. Although this Georgia native is a man who loves God and ministry, he also loves and is very devoted to his family. Pastor Ellis is blessed to share each day of his life with his beautiful, supportive wife, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Malloree and together they are the proud parents of one son, Jarvis Armard Ellis II. For all the above, Pastor Ellis gives God complete glory!

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