June 11, 2015
By Hasan James
If this was an ordinary story, I would start this missive off by saying that “GUF” is Global United Fellowship, an interdenominational Christian fellowship that was started some ten, twenty years ago. However, the story of Global United Fellowship is not ordinary; rather an extraordinary story that began only two years ago. Astonishing isn’t it?
I had the esteemed privilege of attending the 1st Annual Global United Fellowship Conference last year in Winston Salem, North Carolina and I, along with many of my media colleagues in the gospel, were amazed at how a fellowship in its infancy could have such a huge impact on Christendom in such a short amount of time. From the outside looking in you would have thought that Global United Fellowship was in existence for decades. The mere fact that hundreds of pastors saw fit to to bring their church under this unique interdenominational fellowship is a true testament to the true man of God that Bishop Neil Ellis is. And it wasn’t just pastors from the United States, as the name states, “Global” United Fellowship welcomed churches from as near as South Carolina and as far as Pakistan. Furthermore, GUF is a one of a kind fellowship, as it welcomes all Christian denominations into the fellowship. Baptist, Catholics, Church of God in Christ, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentecostals and many other denominations all under one umbrella. Isn’t that how it will be in Heaven anyway?
So what is Global United Fellowship all about?
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 600 churches from countries and provinces including the Bahamas; England; Jamaica; Pakistan; South Africa; West Africa, the Philippines, the Turks & Caicos Islands, and The United States. With over 150 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.
In addition to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, GUF’s mission is to provide clean drinking water to those in need. For many of us, clean drinking water is a luxury that we take for granted as we simply purchase a 24 pack of Deer Park or Poland Spring from Wal-Mart, but statistics show that 1 billion people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water and over 4,000 children per year die because of it. Many Global United Fellowship churches have partnered with Praise Fest Ministries on “The Clean Water Project”, and for just $50 one filter can provide clean drinking water to a family for ten years. Each family provided with a water filter also receives biblical literature in a effort to receive clean water and an even cleaner word.
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.