Pastor Yaves Ellis has been preaching since his early teens and has been Lead Pastor of New Birth Christian Ministries since 2020. A native of Columbus, OH, Pastor Ellis spent many of his
formidable years ministering the Gospel through the avenue of Christian Rap. As a successful
artist, he gained national acclaim through releasing a number of billboard charting projects.

He has spent years working in prison ministry, touring facilities as far as New Jersey, and
developing a ministry model that is focused on reaching the underserved and disenfranchised. As a business executive Pastor Yaves Ellis has worked in the radio industry for 15 years, and for over 6 years hosted the number one radio show in central Ohio. As a managing partner at Canvaas Consulting LLC, Yaves has led projects for Nike, The Columbus Zoo, and other national brands. Studying at Ohio Christian University, Pastor Ellis obtained his Masters in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

An effective communicator of God’s Word, Pastor Ellis believes in teaching the Gospel and providing listeners with practical application. The belief that followers of Christ should impact every facet of our communities can be seen in his work outside the four walls of the church. Pastor Ellis serves on many advisory boards, works closely with local universities, and advises City government on the importance of equitable policies. Recently Pastor Ellis has co-founded an initiative to provide free mental health counseling to families dealing with trauma and grief. To date, this initiative has provided over $500,000 in free mental health services to the community.