Dr. Edgar Heberton Ellis, Jr.

Title: Minister
Location: Columbia, SC United States



  • American Rose Society (judge, 1974-1987)
  • Civitans International (board directors Spartanburg chapter 1969-1972) (chaplain, 1970-1972)
  • Rotary International (president, Simpsonville chapter, 1980)
  • SC Conference Board of Pensions (1990 – 1994)
  • SC Methodist Advocate, Board of Trustees (1981 – 1989)
  • South Carolina Methodist Conference Newspaper
  • Spartanburg Methodist College Board, Board of Trustees (1996 – 2008)
  • United Methodist Church (Ordained Elder, 1967) (Ordained Deacon, 1965) (Ordained Ministry)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2018)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in Religion,” Marquis Who’s Who (1992-1993)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (1991-1992)
  • Honoree, Order of the Palmetto, nominated by Senator Mike Rose of Dorchester Co., SC, bestowed by Carroll A. Campbell, Governor for work done in Dorchester County Hurricane Hugo Relief.  Presented by Senator Mike Rose at the Bethany United Methodist Church Morning Worship Service. (1992)
    • Wrote a letter inviting all Pastors of Churches in Dorchester County to meet at my church, Bethany UMC. Helped formed a committee and elected officers. Raised critical funds to help with the relief efforts.  $60,000 dollars was raised within the first month.
    • Supported the cause for the rebuilding 161 homes – some minor some major repairs. Governor Campbell gave us a check each month matching our amount raised that month.
    • Successful negotiations with The Mennonites to come on a rotating team basis for approximately 9 months to help with rebuilding a badly damaged black seminary in Summerville.
    • The Home Builders & Contractors across Dorchester County, volunteering precious time, took my work sheets for each home requesting aid and helped us determine which homes were damaged by HUGO and what needed to be done, with a list of materials needed and cost based on the cut rate we were given by the lumber companies and suppliers.
    • Blessed with the work of the South Carolina Methodist Men who came in from all over the state with a crew each weekend – their trailers loaded with supplies and equipment.  They helped with the removal of trees from of 47 homes and many more off the ground.
    • United Methodist Women from all over Dorchester County fed tree cutters breakfast at Bethany and The Women of our Black Churches fed them their evening meal on Saturdays.
    • The Bethany Fellowship Hall  a fully stocked grocery store opened 5 days a week. Large quantities of food were delivered using 18 wheelers from all over the country. God bless Bethany for the wonderful and sacrificial way they met this crisis. Many of our church programs stopped so this wonderful relief effort could go on.
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, (work at Civitan Handicap Sheltered Workshop in Spartanburg, SC with mentally & physically handicapped toward being financially self-sufficient), Civitan International (1970)
  • Recipient, Multiple Awards for Growing Roses

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