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Methodist Church, Brownsville, Hinds Co, MS

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Methodist Church, Brownsville, MS: List of Pastors and Ministers
MethodistJohn A. 1869MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
John Alexander Ellis was born near Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 27, 1830. He was the thirteenth of the fifteen children given his godly parents, all of whom with true Hebrew reverence and joy were hailed as tokens of divine favor. Few more holy and well-ordered homes have blessed the Church and world than the one presided over by Hicks Ellis and Tabitha Gunn. At an early age John entered the employment of his brother, removing with him to Huntsville, Ala, and devoting some years to the mercantile business. In that calling he soon became efficient, and doubtless would have achieved large success but for the call of Providence to another and wider sphere.

Converted at the age of fourteen, he joined the Methodist Church at Huntsville, Ala., under the ministry of Rev. Adam S. Riggs. His espousal of Christ was wholehearted, and his devotion ardent and unremitting. Soon the voice of God was heard calling him to the work of the ministry. Not long before his translation he said: 'The thought of any other work has never for one moment troubled me since I decided that this was my life mission.' And few of the Lord's prophets ever had less desire for worldly applause or the honors of life than did this modest, self-denying, consecrated young man.

In May, 1849, he was given license to exhort, and in October of the same year he was granted authority to preach and recommended for admission into the traveling connection. His ministry was exceptionally fruitful, and he soon became generally and favorably known for evangelistic zeal and distinguished pastoral efficiency. From circuit work he was transferred to the Nashville City Mission, and to his wise planning and successful evangelism our Methodism there is indebted for several of her strongest churches. His last appointment in the Tennessee Conference was Franklin Station.

During the late war he entered military service as chaplain of the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment, and kept heroic step with his brave comrades until their banner was forever furled. One who shared with him the vicissitudes of many campaigns thus writes: 'During his service with the Twentieth Tennessee he bound to him with 'hooks of steel' every man in his command. He braved the thickest storms of shot and shell in his efforts to succor the wounded or console the dying with a courage arid devotion that was truly heroic. Tireless in his vigils at the bedside of the sick and on the march, how many times have I seen him dismount and put a lame, sick, or tired infantryman into his saddle!'

In 1863, while serving as an army chaplain in Mississippi, he was married to Mrs. S. H. Hamilton, near Brandon, Miss. Two children were born to them: Rev. H. M. Ellis, of the Mississippi Conference, and Mrs. S. J. Harrison, of Nashville, Tenn. In 1885 he transferred to the Mississippi Conference, and here spent the rest of his life. Gentleness and strength, tenderness and manliness, considerateness and positiveness were in him singularly blended. He had the heart of a woman and the will of a martyr. For the sorrowing he had a brother's tear; for the suffering, a soothing hand; for the fallen, the largest charity; for the wayward, the largest patience; but for the enemies of his Lord he had a strong arm and a mighty blade of 'heavenly temper keen.' Much of his later ministry was in demand for the presiding eldership. It would have grieved him beyond measure to be suspected of selfish or unworthy motives in advising the appointment of any brother or the tilling of any station. The one who had his perfect confidence, and who is most bereaved in his death, says: 'He told me that never but one time during a ministry of nearly forty-five years did he try to influence his field of labor, and then because of his first wife's illness, which he knew to be fatal, he asked for a work near the home of her son, where she could be properly cared for.' He was a man of clean lips and chaste speech. The now desolate widow, who for the past nine years has been nearest to him in hourly companionship, bears this delightful testimony: 'I can never recall one unkind word or harsh criticism of any one from his lips.'

As a preacher Brother Ellis was eminently spiritual, distinctly scriptural, positively practical, and always helpful. His style was expository, his language pure and critically correct, and his manner earnest and reverent. While lacking the graces of an elocutionist, he had the charm of unaffected earnestness and sanctified sympathy. One who sat under his ministry for a year or more -- a member of his congregation, and for whose discriminating judgment I have the highest appreciation, thus speaks of him: 'Reviewing the pulpit utterances that have helped me spiritually, I discover a large indebtedness to Brother Ellis.' In November, 1884, his wife having died several years before, he was married to Miss M. E. Ellis, of Amite City, La., daughter of the late Judge Ellis. This was a happy union of hearts and hands for the glory of God. After an illness of about two weeks the faithful pastor, tender husband, and loving father sweetly fell on sleep February 16, 1893, in the parsonage at Moss Point, Miss. His son and daughter reached there before he passed away. They heard him say with clear voice and unclouded faith, 'There is rest,' and saw the weary wheels of life stand still. He is buried at Amite City, La.

MethodistJohn 1870MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
MethodistRobert B. 1871-1872MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
MethodistJames M. 1873MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
MethodistFrancis M. 1874-1875MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
MethodistWilliam E. 1876MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
MethodistW. B. 1877MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church
MethodistWarren C. 1878MSHinds CoBrownsville, Methodist Church

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