On the 3rd - 5th May 2013 the National Youth and Christian Education Department celebrated its Golden Anniversary National Youth and Christian Education Convention.
The above Interactive Timeline DVD-ROM Set was produced to celebrate and document 50 continuous years of National Youth & CE Conventions (1963-2013). It features video interviews from past National Youth Directors, 42 of 50 past Youth & CE Convention Programmes in PDF format, photographs from yesteryear, articles and much more!
You can still get involved If you have any of the following from yesteryear, here is what we would like you to do:
·Convention and other printed programmes – send a scanned document (PDF, 150 dpi) or photocopy to us. Click on the image below to download an example;
·Photographs – send a scan (200 dpi) or photocopy to us (also provide detail about the image, date, place, people, etc);
·Personally produced and owned video footage or audio recordings – send a copy on DVD/CD to us with details about the recording. Alternatively, call the office if you are not able to convert it;
·Memorable moments and anecdotes from conventions, KIT, National Youth Talent, etc – email or write to us.
We would like to prevent being inundated with the same items, so before sending anything we would greatly appreciate it if you would firstly inform us of what you have. Check this page to find out what has already been submitted and what in particular we are still looking for.
Please include your name and contact details with all submissions. We cannot guarantee that your submission will be returned to you, so send copies rather than originals unless requested.
The Youth & CE Department’s contact details are as follows: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01604 824 220 Fax: 01604 824 242
Website: www.project2013.org.uk Postal Address: Project 2013, NTCG Youth & CE Department, 3 Cheyne Walk, Northampton, NN1 5PT, England.
Historical Background The New Testament Church of God (NTCG) in England held its first public service at the YMCA Centre, Stafford Street, Wolverhampton, the morning of Sunday 20th September 1953 under the direction of Bishop Oliver A. Lyseight and Bishop Herman D. Brown. It is reported that on the evening of the same day, Bishop G. A. Johnson, Revd Enos Gordon and other believers began a fellowship in Handsworth, Birmingham. Contact was made between the two groups and the Handsworth fellowship was visited by Bishop Lyseight. Almost two years on, after joining over 30,000 attendees from 34 countries at the Pentecostal World Conference in Stockholm, Sweden (13th – 20th June 1955), the then Executive Secretary of World Missions, Revd Paul H. Walker visited England and established the Wolverhampton (25 members) and Handsworth (40 members) churches as the first two NTCG congregations in the UK on Saturday 18th June 1955.
Saturday 18th June 1955 – Revd Paul H. Walker with some of the founding members of the New Testament Church of God UK (Left to right: Deacon Beresford Bucknor, Deacon Lambert George Garwood, Bishop Jeremiah McIntyre, Bishop John Bryan, Bishop Herman Darius Brown, Revd Paul H. Walker, Revd Leonard Wesley Monfries, Bishop Oliver Augustus Lyseight, Revd Gilbert S. Peddie, Brother Cyprian Dundas)
National Overseers (Administrative Bishops)
Bishop Oliver A. Lyseight
1953 – 1978
Bishop Jeremiah McIntyre
1978 – 1984
Bishop Selwyn E. Arnold
1984 – 1994
Bishop Ronaldo O. Brown
1994 – 2002
Bishop Eric A. Brown
2002 – Present
National Youth & CE Department Facts The church placed a strong emphasis on active youth ministry from its outset. It appointed Revd Jeremiah McIntyre as the National Director of the Young People’s Endeavour (YPE) cc 1960, whilst Revd Enos Gordon served as the National Director of the Sunday School up until 1961. These two departments were merged in 1961 to form the National Department of Youth and Christian Education.
National (State) Youth and Christian Education Directors
Revd Selwyn E. Arnold
Jul 1960 – 1966
During this period he also served as the National Secretary
Revd Winston A. Bucknor
1966 – 1970
He also served as the National Secretary until 1972
Revd Ira V. Brooks
1970 – 1975
Revd Rudolph H. Parkinson
1975 – 1983
Revd Eric A. Brown
1983 – 1991
Revd Derek A. Webley
1991 – 1997
Revd Carver L. Anderson
1997 – 2003
Revd Ruben S. King
2004 – Present
The First National Youth & CE Convention The first National Youth and CE Convention took place over an Easter weekend in a Coventry school hall from Saturday 13th – Monday 15th April 1963. An offering of £114:00 was raised in this convention to start the first Bible School (Ebenezer Bible Institute - EBI) that opened on 9th November 1963 with five day students and six part-time evening students, under the leadership of Bishop G. Fitzwarren Barnes. This was the first Bible School in the UK to serve West Indians that was not initiated by foreign missionaries.
As the saying goes, “The rest is history.” Our history. A rich and fascinating heritage that we have collated and catalogued for this digital age. May I encourage your continued prayers and support for the Youth & CE Department in this our 'Year of Jubilee'.
Revd Ruben King National Director of Youth & Christian Education
1984 National Youth & CE Convention at De Montfort Hall in Leceister, England
References NTCG Wolverhampton 50th Anniversary Celebration Brochure, 2003, page 10. From Skepticism to Hope by Rev Dr Selwyn E Arnold Sr, Xulon Press, 2010, page 33. Like a Mighty Army by Charles W. Conn, Pathway Press, 1977, pages 296, 297. NTCG National Youth & CE Department – Silver Jubilee Convention Brochure 1988, pages 4, 5, 8, 10, 12. Telling the Story by David Michel, Pathway Press, 2000, page 60. Suvartha, www.suvarthamagazine.org/kjsamuel.html, chapter 12. Church of God World Missions, www.cogwm.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3130&Itemid=
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