Bishop Wilton Powell, OBE, National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) and the National Executive and Trustees Board held a reception to announce a joint initiative with Rev Les and Mrs Louise Isaac.
Rev Les Isaac, CEO of Ascension Trust, is one of Britain’s most influential ecumenical leaders, and was awarded an OBE in 2013. He founded the Ascension Trust, a Christian charity, in 1993, and works to encourage partnerships between churches and communities.
The Ascension Trust encompasses the following ministries: an overseas mission; a youth development project; the Word4Weapons initiative, and the network of Street Pastors (www.streetpastors.org). Through the Street Pastors scheme, churches of all denominations help to build stronger and safer communities by responding to the challenges on our streets at night, and in other parts of civic life, such as schools and colleges.
At the reception lunch, the national bishops and key leaders of COGOP warmly welcomed Rev and Mrs Isaac, and Bishop Powell, OBE, said he looked forward to working with them.
The COGOP leaders pledged their support to work together to bring about a transformational change to advance the strategic vision of the church, building a framework through which the church would be readily accessible to every part of society, by equipping and empowering the body of Christ to be the face and hands of the church’s prophetic outreach. Rev Isaac acknowledged the fantastic work that the Church of God of Prophecy is doing and added, “I am a servant, who wants to be involved in Kingdom building.”
A key focus of his involvement will be to create a platform to share this good work, making stronger connections with the media and political arenas. He will also support church leaders in a programme to engage with young people to develop leaders for the future. Mrs Isaac said she was “pleased and excited” to be entering this new season with her husband.
Reverend and Mrs Isaac will join a local congregation of COGOP in London on 6th September 2015.