Our History


"Today I have made you a fortified city {Citadel}, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the LORD". (Jeremiah 1:18-19)

Citadel: A fortress in a commanding position, a fortified place; a bulwark. A place where people can go for shelter during a battle.

Citadel of Praise was started in July of 2005. The Lord gave the vision to our Founder and Senior Pastor, Spencer T. Ellis, to begin the ministry after much fasting and praying. God told him to name the church "Citadel of Praise". Citadel of Praise is a church where God replenishes his people with power to resist attack from the enemies of life. In Psalms 100:4, the Lord declares to the people to, "Enter into his gate with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." The Citadel is non-traditional church where God's spirit takes preeminence.

The opening service, on July 17, 2005, was attended by over 1500 people and well wishers including the mayor of the city of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick along with other dignitaries and city officials. Mayor Kilpatrick encouraged Pastor Ellis during his remarks, "The city has been waiting on you and you are going to bless a lot of people". Citadel celebrated with over 200 inaugural members during its membership Sunday in August 2005. During the first year of ministry, Citadel rented the church auditorium of Bailey Cathedral Church of God in Christ. The ministry held services every Sunday at 3:00pm.

In September 2006, Citadel moved into its newly purchased property which consists of four institutional buildings on 5 acres of land. The land consists of a 700-seat church, administration building, elementary school, and former convalescent home. In August 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Detroit as the number one "poorest city" in America with over 30% of its citizens living in poverty. Forbes magazine has named Detroit as number one or in the top 5 of the most "miserable" and/or "dangerous" cities in America over the last 10 years. Therefore, Citadel is committed to stimulating the economic growth and improving the quality of life through Jesus Christ.

Within 10 years of ministry, the membership has grown to over 2100 members.  Under the leadership of God almighty and his servant, Pastor Spencer T. Ellis, this ministry is "Exploding".