Rev. Ellise Cox was born in Camilla, Georgia. He is the son of the late Arena Cox Parris and the late Arthur Cox, Sr. Most of Rev. Cox’s formative years was spent in Cairo, Georgia with his four sisters and five brothers. It was in Cairo that he received his formal education that gave him his start in life.
After graduation from high school, he decided to move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and resided there for thirteen years. He then returned to Cairo and married Willie Mae Gurley and became a father to four daughters and one son. In 1972 he and his family moved to Miami, Florida. It was a blessing when he joined the Memorial Temple family under the leadership of the late Rev. Isaac C. Mickins, Sr. He faithfully served in several capacities, and eventually he was ordained as a deacon.
After serving as a deacon for many years, God called him to preach the gospel. He was licensed to preach on January 15, 1984, and was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel on October 9, 1988.
In 1991 he accepted the responsibility of serving in a pastoral role during the illness of the late Rev. I.C. Mickins. As a result of his commitment in carrying out the dream and vision of Rev. Mickins, he successfully kept the membership together as a family. In 1993 when Rev. Mickins departed this life, Rev. Cox continued to faithfully serve the membership of the church, and on October 10, 1993, he was installed as the pastor of Memorial Temple Baptist Church.
Pastor Cox has continued his academic studies in the ministry at Smith Chapel College Extension Program. Additionally, he has earned a Bachelor of Science, and Masters Degree. In the spring of 2008, he completed the doctoral studies program.
Pastor Ellise Cox is a committed, dedicated servant of the Lord, who loves the Lord and his church family. Currently, he and his wife, Sister Willie Mae Cox, and their family are actively involved in ministry at Memorial Temple Baptist Church.