After Minister Clarence and Deaconess Elva Ellis had their sixth child, due to health concerns the doctors advised them not to have any more children. So from birth, their seventh child Neil Clarence came into the world defying odds and confounding the enemy. This was to be a recurring theme in the life of one ordained from the foundation of the world as a forerunner in the Kingdom of God.
Bishop Ellis organized Mount Tabor Union Baptist Church in February of 1987 with thirteen members and since that time God has blessed this work of his faithful servant tremendously. Mount Tabor (now Full Gospel Baptist Church), is one of the fastest growing churches in The Bahamas; and over the years the Ministry has emerged as the largest and most powerful body of believers in the country. This is due in part to a membership of approximately 7,000; the dynamic, prophetic, bold, life changing messages delivered by Bishop Ellis, that are even regularly quoted in the countries House of Parliament and the profoundly practical, ground breaking style of ministry demonstrated by Mount Tabor, which has resulted in members being blessed with everything from brand new homes to educational scholarships and the provision of a group medical insurance plan.
Listeners and viewers are frequently astounded by the voice and personality of Bishop Paul S. Morton. Whether in a televised appearance with childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, or in his capacity as the senior pastor of Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Church in New Orleans, Bishop Morton is a powerful force in the spreading of "the good news." His is a voice of exceptional range and beauty, but it is something on the inside that gives him such authority. He freely acknowledges that that something is the power of the Holy Ghost.
Born into a preaching dynasty in Canada -- his mother, father, brothers, and sisters all received a calling -- Morton left the family fold to follow God's directive to go to New Orleans, where he became affiliated with the then-small Greater St. Stephens Church in 1972. Under Morton's inspirational leadership, the church has become the largest African-American church in the state, with three locations in the city. The church's numerous ministries include teaching and outreach programs, a home for "seasoned citizens," a housing development, and a school. He married a daughter of the church; his wife, Elder Debra B. Morton, is now co-pastor, with her own powerful ministry. The three Morton children are all musically talented and participate in the work of the church. Pianist son Paul Morton Jr. is the author of one of the church's most compelling songs, "Let Him In." Click here to play Cry You Last Tear video