Black Majority Churches pioneer gone to be with the Lord

Bishop Lemuel Crossfield was the founder and leader of The Church of God Pentecostal (TCOGP) – now known as Freedom Worship Centre – in Southall, Greater London, as well as of six churches on the beautiful island of Jamaica.

Lemuel Crossfield was born in the Alexandria District of the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, and attended Mount Providence School there. He was the only child of Esterine Thomas, and came from very humble beginnings. The Lord saved him in the year 1953 and, after many struggles, Lemuel came to England in 1959 and married his beloved wife, Daphne, in April 1960. There was a strong call on his life to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and out of their ‘bedroom’ a church was born in the year 1964.

Bishop Crossfield was widely known for being a man of vision and faith, with a strong character. After establishing TCOGP in Southall in 1964, the couple were able to purchase the local Methodist church on Western Road in 1973, which was rebuilt in 1997. That building, now known as Freedom Worship Centre, still operates from the same location – mortgage-free!

In 2000, Bishop Crossfield returned to Jamaica, where he pastored the Rio Nuevo Branch of TCGOP, and also had pastoral oversight of five other churches across the island.

On 21st December 2016, Bishop Crossfield died peacefully at his London home, in the company of his family, following a period of failing health. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, First Lady Daphne, his five children, one son-in-law and three daughters-in law, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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