Greatly respected and much-loved church leader passes away

Bishop David Whitfield Greaves passed away on Saturday 17th December 2016 at the age of 62. Bishop David died unexpectedly, while in repose at his home recovering from a prolonged season of health challenges.

For most of his adult life, Bishop David served the church locally and internationally in various capacities. In 2012, Bishop David ended his two-term tenure as National Presiding Bishop of the New Testament Assembly (NTA), and continued leading the NTA Leyton branch where he was much endeared. To many, Bishop David was a spiritual father and a mentor. Whilst a deeply devoted man of prayer, who worshipped God with unbridled passion, he also had tremendous compassion and a capacity to care for people unconditionally.

NTA Presiding Bishop, Delroy Powell, had this to say: “We have lost a good man. Bishop David will be remembered as a humble and sincere servant leader, who emulated Christ in the way he lived out his faith.”

The family of Bishop David issued this statement: “Firstly, we wish to declare ‘It is well!’ David was delighted to return home to his beloved family, following an intensive period of hospitalisation. Who would have imagined he would only have three days with us? He had been in good spirits, engaging in lively conversations, and expressing a refreshed outlook on life and ministry. We are comforted by these and the many great memories that span 30 years of marriage and parenthood. We are blessed to have called him husband, father and grandfather, and ask for continued prayers as we face the days ahead.”

He is survived by his wife, Marlene, five children, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, both parents and his siblings.

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