Title: Senior Minister (Retired)
Company: Cayce United Methodist Church
Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Edgar Heberton Ellis Jr., DMin, Retired Senior Minister at the Cayce United Methodist Church, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ministry.
Drawing upon more than 35 years of professional experience, Dr. Ellis is a renowned figure in the realm of ministry, having most recently served as a senior minister at the Cayce United Methodist Church in South Carolina from 1993 to 1998. Becoming involved in the ministry due to a calling from God, he previously served as a senior minister at the Summerville United Methodist Church in South Carolina from 1989 to 1993 and a minister at several other churches across South Carolina, including the First United Methodist Church of Bennettsville, the Woodland United Methodist Church, the Simpsonville United Methodist Church, the Triune Methodist Church, the Bethel Methodist Church, the Laurel Bay United Methodist Church, and the Leas Chapel-Warrens Grove United Methodist Church. He commenced his career as a minister at the Parnassus United Methodist Church in 1961.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Ellis pursued formal education at Spartanburg Methodist College, where he earned an Associate of Arts in 1956. He subsequently attended St. Andrews University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. Obtaining a Master of Theology from Duke University in 1967, he concluded his education at McCormick Theological Seminary, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry in 1986. He has been ordained to ministry by the United Methodist Church, and he is an ordained deacon and elder.
An avid gardener who primarily grows roses in his spare time, Dr. Ellis was the author of “Growing Roses Can Be Fun” in 1982 and was a judge with the American Rose Society. The Ellis Hall building, the first green building in South Carolina, was named in his honor and is located at Spartanburg Methodist College. Additionally, he was the president of the Greenville Rose Society, former board member and president of the Simpsonville chapter of Rotary International, and former trustee board member at Spartanburg Methodist College.
As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Ellis was given the Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and he was honored by the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Carroll A. Campbell Jr. in 1992. The recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from Civitan International, he also received several accolades for his rose gardens. He has been listed in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion and the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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