Church statement concerning convicted minister being wrongly described as NTCG pastor

A news story which has appeared on the website of local newspaper The Express and Star, Wolverhampton has reported that a Christian minister, Mark Pearce, recently convicted of three sexual assaults and a count of indecency against a child at Wolverhampton Crown Court was a pastor of New Testament Church of God (NTCG) who presided over the Bilston branch of the church.

The NTCG wants to make it clear that Mr Pearce has never been an ordained minister with the church, has never presided over the Bilston Branch nor any other branch in the denomination. He held the first rank of credentials as an exhorter, but this was revoked and he has ceased to be a member for over five years.

The NTCG takes the welfare and protection of children and young people very seriously. The NTCG is a member of the Churches Child Protection Advisory Services (CCPAS) and all our church leaders have a Safeguarding Policy which provides guidelines on the procedures they should establish to ensure that the children who visit their premises are protected from harm and abuse.

Bishop Eric Brown, National Overseer of the NTCG states, “We take seriously the welfare of children and vulnerable adults who are under our care and will do all in our power to ensure they do not come to harm, not least by any who provide service in our name. Crime against children in particular is reprehensible and perpetrators of such acts must be dealt with by the full force of the law.”

The church’s lawyers have been instructed to contact the Express and Star for them to rectify this mistake.

For further information please contact Leony Titus on 01604 824 226 or leony.titus@ntcg.org.uk

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