The Life & Legacy of Haywood Ellis


Haywood Nathaniel Ellis was born October 4, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan to Robert Haywood Ellis and Delores Lee Brown.  He was the 3rd oldest of 12 children.  Growing up in Detroit, he loved horseback riding, tennis, and swimming.  He graduated from Cooley High School.  Haywood was raised in Indianapolis and Los Angeles,CA.  He was passionately looked up to by his siblings as a “father figure” because he took care of all of his sisters and brothers.


Haywood, as he is known to his family, submitted to an early call to ministry quite by accident.  He was playing Semi Pro football.  While practicing his speed as a wide receiver, he ruptured his Achilles tendon.  During his healing process, he heard the Lord speak to him about his call to the ministry.


Haywood comes from a legacy of Godly men.  His great grandfather was Bishop G.T. Haywood, founder and Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W.).  Haywood’s father, Robert Ellis also traveled extensively to many cities serving in ministry with his family.  Haywood was raised in church and served from a young age. God called him into ministry through revelation of 1st Corinthians 4: 1-2.  “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”


In 2000 Haywood married Betty Murage.  They began their life together dedicated in service to the Lord.  Continuing the legacy of his grandfather and father, Haywood along with his wife Betty started Cy Fair Church in Houston,Texas.  Haywood, affectionately known as Pastor Ellis to his congregation pursed His vision: Building people, marriages and family.


Known as a great man of faith and integrity, his dynamic practical teaching of God’s word impacted so many lives.  Through door to door evangelism, he has led many to Christ.  Pastor Ellis loved and nurtured his congregation at Cy-Fair Church which eventually was changed to “The Way Christian Church”.  His genuine love and dedication was exemplified through his tireless devotion to teaching and counseling when needed.  Two of his favorites scriptures were (1) Joshua 1:8, This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (2) Isaiah 56:7: …”My  house shall be called a house of prayer for all people”.  Pastor Ellis loved to sing, was an avid reader, enjoyed the fellowship of his church family, and spending time with Betty, the love of his life.


A quote he loved and meditated on was “I stand in representation of the King of Kings and the Kingdom of God. So I don’t worry about anything and I have joy.”


Preceding him to glory were his Father, Robert Haywood Ellis, mother, Delores Lee Ellis, brother, Peter David (Valerie) Ellis and brother, Timothy Wright (Andrea) Ellis.  Haywood leaves to cherish his life and memory to his wife Betty, brothers, Reuben (Ericha) Ellis, Robert (Deborah) Ellis, Christopher George (Illa) Ellis, and Ellington Ellis; sisters, Dellanne (Sugar Ray) Gipson, Robin Ellis, Jill (Richard) Brewster; Bernadette (Phillip) Smith, and Judith Ellis.  Special cousin Tonia Cooper and special niece, Serenity Cooper, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives who loved him.