A delegation of black Bishops from the USA is visiting Manchester from through to to Tuesday 28 October 2008 as part of their UK tour for Black History Month.
They are taking part in events at Parliament and Manchester Town Hall. They group is being led by Archbishop J Delano Ellis, the Metropolitan of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops which has a global membership of 25 million Pentecostal Christians.
The Bishops will participate in this year's Joint Service of Celebration, Ordination and Licensing by Manchester's Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Churches at Manchester Cathedral on Saturday 25 October from 10am till 1pm.
Bishop Doyé Agama, President of the Apostolic Congress of Great Britain, and hosting the Bishops in Manchester said: “The Bishops’ visit is a highlight of Black History Month when we can celebrate positive black contributions to British society and the world."
He added: "The events are about promoting knowledge of black history, culture and heritage and raising awareness and confidence of black people in this. It is an especial privilege to have Archbishop Ellis leading the Bishops delegation as his gift for planning and organising has been so beneficial for connecting the church.”
On their Manchester visit the Bishops will also be hosted in a Civic Lunch by the Lord Mayor of Manchester and will meet with a number of community leaders to share perspectives on Black Church contributions to community cohesion and crime reduction.
Archbishop Ellis is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology from Howard University, a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Nazarene Seminary, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Ecclesiology and Episcopacy from Stafford University in London, England. He is also the recipient of four honorary degrees from various Universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Prior to Archbishop Ellis’ present responsibility as Senior Pastor for the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, he served the Church of God in Christ, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee for over thirty-five years. After several years of committed service, the Joint College of Bishops elected Archbishop Ellis to the titular rank and dignity of Metropolitan-Archbishop for that Communion of Pentecostals.
In 2006, Archbishop Ellis was elected to the office of Senior Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ, and continues to teach and mentor pastors and Bishops throughout the United States in the area of leadership. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, Georgia.
With grateful acknowledgments to Ben Gilchrist