Bishop Neil Ellis was born on the island of Bimini in The Bahamas. The earned a scholarship at the age of nine to attend high school in the capital city; Nassau. This scholarship was awarded by the former Prime Minister of The Bahamas the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling. Bishop Ellis has earned two honorary Doctorate of Divinity degrees from St. Thomas Christian College and from Virginia Theological Seminary and College as well as an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Sojourner Douglas College. Bishop Ellis is the current leader of Mount Tabor Union Baptist Church & is currently married to Michelle Johnson and they have two children.