The New Testament Church of God (NTCG) UK is mourning the passing of one of its key pioneers, Bishop Dr Sydney Uriah Thompson, who has died aged 92.
Bishop Thompson played an instrumental role in planting a number of NTCG churches during the 1950s and 60s; served on the church’s National Executive Council; pastored Handsworth NTCG for 29 years, and established a number of community initiatives, including a supplementary school, nursery and senior citizens project. He also preached untold thousands into the Kingdom of God.
Born in 1922, Bishop Thompson immigrated to the UK from Jamaica in 1955, leaving behind his wife, Dorcas, and three children, who joined him in the early 1960s. They had a total of 10 children.
Upon arriving in the UK, Bishop Thompson became fully involved in church work. After connecting with Jim Tomlin, a fellow Christian from his hometown, they led a small group of believers in south-east London that became the thriving Brixton NTCG. Bishop Thompson also met Rev Dr Oliver Lyeseight via a divine connection. They approached COG Tennessee and, as a result, inaugurated the NTCG in England and Wales in 1955.
Whilst serving as pastor of NTCG Brixton, Bishop Thompson also planted churches in Woolwich, Deptford, Mile End, Clapham and West Norwood.
In 1967, he was appointed leader of NTCG Handsworth. Not only did Bishop Thompson establish a number of community initiatives whilst there, many students underwent church placements under his guidance.
Bishop Derek Webley, who took over Handsworth NTCG from Bishop Thompson, paid this tribute: “He was a true disciple of Jesus; made a positive mark on many peoples lives, and leaves behind an enduring legacy. May our memories of him continue to leave us with a sense of hope, warmth and pride when we think of him. Gone but never forgotten.”