Pastor Keith Ellison
The Rev. Keith E. Ellison was born June 4, in the city of Newark, New Jersey raised in Atlanta, GA.
He is the son of Willie J. Ellison (deceased), the Rev. Ethel Y. Delaney (Savannah, GA), and his
step father the Rev. Henry R. Delaney, Jr. is one of the most influential factors in his physical
and spiritual life. He is an honor graduate from Benjamin E. Mays High School, Atlanta, GA; he holds
several high school and collegiate honors. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice as a Cum laude
graduate of Savannah State University, an M.Div. from the Phillips School of Theology at The
Interdenominational Center in Atlanta, GA, and has started doctoral work at Liberty University,
Lynchburg, VA. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a veteran of the U.S. Navy
successfully serving during Desert Storm.
He has served as an efficient pastor of Israel CME, Cornelia, GA, Ellis Chapel CME, Carnesville, GA,
Trinity CME, Toccoa, GA, and St. Andrews CME, Brunswick, GA, where he led spiritual renewal with
membership, financial stability, new physical additions, and the building of a new church. Rev.
Ellison loves people, loves to teach the Word, and he loves to inspire lives.
A manager in corporate America, bank manager for Bank of America, supervisor, preacher, revivalist,
college instructor, former educator in the Gainesville City School System and principal are but a
few accomplishments. The major impact of his life, in addition to Christ, is his union to his love
and college sweetheart, Mrs. Bengy G. Ellison of Macon, GA, and the overjoyed father of Yvonne Marie
(12), Faith Amber Chestina (8), and Kaitlyn Elizabeth (3).
He is the new and delighted pastor of the “Great” Phillips CME Church in the beautiful mountains of Huntsville, AL. One of Pastor Ellison's most inspirational verses is Philippians 4:13 which is the theme of his life, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (KJV) His task in life is to show, tell, and encourage others to trust God and exhibit the love of Christ in every aspect possible.