According to Presiding Bishop Neil C. Ellis, his newly formed Global United Fellowship, "is a fellowship, not a denomination.” That was one of the major points that Bishop Ellis communicated throughout the first meeting for the newly organized group.
The presiding bishop says Global United Fellowship is inclusive of pastors and parent church ministries of any denomination that desires to move forward the spiritual mandates of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Presiding Bishop Neil C. Ellis, held the first pastors meeting of the Global United Fellowship last week in Winston Salem, NC. The presiding Bishop outlined for those in attendance the overall mission, specific ministerial touchstones; organizational structure and key appointments of the Fellowship – which in only eight months remarkably amassed more than 300 churches around the world.
GUF’s illustrious group of Vice Presiding Bishops was announced as follows:
Bishop Sheldon McCarter (Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church; Winston Salem, N.C.);
Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr. (Bethel Baptist Institutional Church; Jacksonville, FL),
Bishop Designate Dr. Carolyn Showell (First Apostolic Faith Church; Baltimore, MD).In addition to Bishop Designate Dr. Showell, who will oversee operational structure, three additional GUF Bishopric Candidates were announced:
Bishop Designate Dr. John E. Guns (St. Paul Church; Jacksonville, FL) who will assume responsibility for Christian Education;
Bishop Designate Dr. William H. Murphy, Senior (Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church; Detroit, MI) who will serve as the Father of the Fellowship and Chairman of the Shepherds Care Unit; and
Bishop Designate Dr. James R. Woodson II (St. James Home of Fresh Start; Greensboro, NC) who will serve as Executive Secretary.
Other key appointments announced during the meeting included
Dr. Juanita Bynum (Global Ambassador of Prayer) and
Bishop Hezekiah Walker (Bishop Over Music, Worship & The Arts); as well as GUF’s Executive Board & Spiritual Advisors, which include
Bishop Rudolph McKissick Senior(Special Assistant to the Presiding Bishop);
Bishop Kenneth Ulmer (Apostolic Aide to the Presiding Bishop) and
Jackie McCullough (Spiritual Advisor). As the Fellowship begins to shape its leadership, nearly 80 officers were named after the two-day meeting. Further announcements of these officers are forthcoming.