A former head of the New Testament Church of God UK was put to rest at a moving funeral service, held at New Hope Church of God, Trenton, New Jersey in the US recently.
Trinidadian-born Bishop Dr Selwyn Arnold Sr died in the US, following a long illness. He served as National Overseer between 1984 and 1994, and was the first ever leader of NTCG UK to be selected by the church’s National Executive here in the UK.
Bishop Arnold presided over a period of growth for the church, and was noted for his compassion. He encouraged the church to be more sympathetic to individuals who experienced moral failure, particularly women members who had become pregnant outside of marriage.
Prior to, and following his appointment as National Overseer, Bishop Arnold carried out a number of illustrious appointments for the NTCG. This included serving as the first ever National Youth and CE Director for England and Wales between 1961 and 1966, and working as a missionary alongside his wife, Joyce, in Nigeria and Ghana.
After his tenure as head of NTCG UK, Bishop Dr Arnold spent his remaining years in America, serving as a Senior Pastor and District Overseer, a State Administrative Bishop of New Jersey, and World Missions Representative on Special Assignment.
Bishop Eric Brown, the current National Overseer of NTCG, stated, “Dr Selwyn Arnold is a man who served the church and humanity well. His tenure as head of NTCG UK is marked by his insistence that the church demonstrates Christ’s compassion to those who had ‘fallen into sin’, and the encouragement and example he set for young leaders at the time, like myself. He remains a great model of what a Christian leader should be, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
He is survived by his wife, Dr M Joyce Arnold, his son Selwyn Arnold Junior, and daughter-in-law Michelle. Visit www.facebook.com/drselwynarnoldsr for more details.