Keep The Faith issue 119


I hope you are enjoying the summer and are staying well and safe.

The Christian community is mourning the passing of one of its greatest leaders, Rev Joel Edwards CBE, following his battle with cancer.  Rev Joel was a probation officer, church pastor, mentor, and the first Black Pentecostal Director of the Evangelical Alliance and, recently appointed by the Church of England to establish a racial justice commission. He will be greatly missed.

Our cover story celebrates the life and work of Juliet Coley, a publisher, senior deputy head teacher, and presenter of the UK’s first gospel music programme.  Juliet has suffered a heart attack, had quadruple bypass surgery and cancer.  Her testimony is amazing, and she is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met. 

We celebrate the 60th anniversary of the New Testament Assembly, a UK church of Caribbean heritage. We feature DAD – a compilation of stories from the (MFF) team, the UK’s most exciting parenting and lifestyle platform for men.

We have a great feature that calls for an end to the cycle of racial trauma, and we ask ‘Should Christians Protest?’ and ‘Should “Cancel Culture” Silence the Church?’ We look at Black MPs in the UK, their faith, and how they are stepping up. We look at sleep and well-being, faith for healing: spirit, soul and body, and the trauma of losing a child.

We have some great gospel news features, too: The Voice winner counts her Blessings; Sharyn comes full circle with ‘In Full Bloom’; Isaac Carree is in the spotlight, and we interview Chanel Haynes, the lead singer of New Orleans-based group, Trin-i-tee 5:7, who will make her London stage debut as the alternate Tina.

Finally, we give thanks for the healing of Rev Les Isaac OBE, founder of Street Pastors. He was rushed into hospital in a serious condition, after experiencing complications following minor surgery. The community covered him in prayer. Rev Isaac is now at home and is recovering. He sends his heartfelt thanks to everyone who is praying for him – he so appreciates your love and support at this time of recuperation.

I hope you enjoy this issue.


Shirley McGreal


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