Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of much-loved pastor, Linton Beckles, 59, who died recently following a stay in hospital. Pastor Beckles was senior pastor of LOVELight Ministries in Walthamstow, east London, and played a pivotal role in the Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA), an organisation that aims to facilitate the development of the UK gospel scene.
He had formerly served as a senior minister at Christian Life City (CLC) in Walthamstow, a church founded by Bishop Wayne Malcolm. During his years serving on the leadership team, Pastor Beckles saw the church become one of the UK’s largest and most well-known Black Pentecostal congregations.
Prior to his conversion in 1991, Pastor Beckles was part of British funk/soul band, Central Line. One of their biggest successes was ‘Walking Into Sunshine’, which hit the charts in the UK & US.
Pastor Beckles was a much-loved church leader and, following his death, people took to social media to pay tribute. Bishop Malcolm wrote, “There is too much I could say about his authentic kindness, loving presence, amazing gifts and unwavering loyalty.”
Juliet Fletcher, CEO of the GMIA stated, “Pastor Beckles was at the heart of all we hoped for in developing the UK gospel scene, and was instrumental in establishing the template for the organisation. For us, his loss is immeasurable.”
Plans are under way to establish a foundation in Pastor Beckles’ name.
He is survived by his wife, Angela, his four children, his mother, three siblings and extended family.