Bishop Charles Ellis III on the impact of COVID on the community and helping efforts

7 UpFront
Posted at 6:53 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 20:51:12-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — As positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state, along with a growing number of deaths, a local leader speaks about how the virus has impacted his community and ongoing efforts to help those in need.

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Detroit's Greater Grace Temple joins 7 UpFront for a candid conversation about his perspective on the deadly disease and what can be done to help those suffering from the impact of the pandemic.

"We're being hit probably harder than any other ethnic group and I believe that we just have to make sure that we continue to make good decisions," Bishop Ellis said.

Ellis also talked about the changes his church has made to serve the community during this critical time.

"We've always had an emphasis on a ministry beyond the walls and during my dad's time of pastoring those 34 years... we had a Christian school, we had daycare centers, we had housing," Ellis said. "So, my dad was way beyond the walls of the church and I try to carry on that ministry and that concept."

Ellis said since the pandemic, the church has done food box programs, free COVID testing for seniors and counseling for several groups.

Watch Bishop Elllis' full 7 UpFront interview in the player above.