University Chaplain, Director of Student Ministries
Douglas Center - Second Level


The Rev. Dr. James Ellis III began at Trinity Western University in September 2019 as University Chaplain and Director of Student Ministries. His work encompasses leading and co-laboring with a team of fellow chaplains, interns, and student-leaders, as they minister to the TWU community. With several years of experience in higher education and churches, he has served in predominantly Anglo, African American, and multiracial settings of varied socioeconomic, cultural, and theological diversity. Though born in Japan, he is a U.S. citizen who has resided in Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Michigan.

Ordained in the Baptist tradition, Rev. Dr. Ellis was a 2013 Guthrie Scholar at Columbia Theological Seminary and 2012-13 Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary, a post-graduate, post-ordination leadership development program for clergy under 35. He holds the Doctor of Ministry from Western Theological Seminary, Master of Sacred Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Master of Theological Studies from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, and Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from the University of Maryland. Published by Smyth & Helwys Press, in 2015 he edited and contributed to the book, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: Stories about the Challenges of Young Pastors.

Personally, Rev. Dr. Ellis enjoys working out and sharpening his photography skills. He is a contented introvert who is passionate about spending lots of time with his wife. If you care to know, he is not a fan of raspberries, camping, or wasabi.

Research & Scholarship