Bishop Neil C Ellis announced his resignation as the second Presiding Bishop and as a member of the Bishop’s Council of the church’s international community with immediate effect.
After 20 years of service to the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, the Senior Pastor of Mount Tabor said he was satisfied, after “much prayer and reflection” that the Holy Spirit is now leading him to bring this season of his life in the fellowship to a close.
As he expressed his gratitude to God for “guiding his heart, hands, and mind over the past 20 years”, Bishop Ellis said he has transitioned from “role to role” in the fellowship.
In his letter addressed to the International Presiding Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Ellis resigned the members of the Bishop’s Council for the respect and cooperation extended to him over the years.
“It is left only for me then, to give thanks. Thanks to you for the opportunity to serve and for the support you have given to and confidence you have placed in me over the years. Thanks to the members of the Bishop’s Council, for the respect and cooperation extended to me particularly during the last 11 years while serving as 3rd and 2nd Presiding Bishop. I wish God’s choicest blessings on each of them.
May God bless you and First Lady Morton during your final years on the front line of the Fellowship; may He be allowed to guide the hands and the work of the International Presiding Bishop-Elect and may God smile upon the future of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International,” Bishop Ellis wrote.
This decision by Bishop Ellis comes on the heels of a surprise move that shocked the international and local Christian communities, when Bishop Ellis stepped down from his campaign for the leadership of the Fellowship at July’s international conference in Louisville, Kentucky. At that time, Bishop Ellis pulled out of the two-man race for the leadership of the Christian group stating that he wanted “to avoid a possible division within the fellowship.” Bishop Joseph Walker III of Tennessee was eventually chosen as the successor to Bishop Morton who will be stepping down from his role as lead pastor in 2015.
Since his announcement was revealed yesterday, scores of supporters have flooded social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and on religious websites sending messages of love and support to Bishop Ellis. Many persons, through these outlets, offered prayers of support and thanks for his work through the years, with others noting that they had anticipated this move given the outcome of the July conference.