One of Britain’s leading Black Pentecostal denominations, the New Testament Church of God UK (NTCG), has a new leader.
Bishop Claion Grandison took over the role from Bishop Donald Bolt on September 1st, 2022, to serve a four-year tenure. He now provides leadership to an organisation that has 110 congregations, 30 church plants and 30 cross-cultural churches spread across the UK.
On his first day in office, Bishop Grandison issued a vision statement containing his aims for his time in office. The statement was widely shared within NTCG and to the wider community.
Bishop Grandison wants NTCG to be “a relevant, relational church, reimagining God at work in our communities and nation.”
To achieve this the church will be
Networking Strategically, by collaborating across our church and forming strategic alliances; enhancing training provision for its young people and ministers; doing justice for its members; growing the church and serving the community.
The NTCG is one of the UK’s historic Black Pentecostal denominations founded by the Windrush Generation. It will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023.
Bishop Grandison, 56, was born in London and grew up in Jamaica after his parents migrated back there. He became a Christian at 14 and attended NTCG in Kingston.
He has extensive experience of public ministry. From 2000-2003 he served as NTCG’s Regional Youth and Christian Education Director across the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Nevis. Upon his return to the UK, he became pastor of Woolwich NTCG (Chrisma), and pioneered several initiatives which included a Mentoring Leadership Programme (MLP); Floretta’s Kids, providing meals for families during school holidays and weekends; a homeless kitchen, and a hardship fund during COVID. Bishop Grandison has a degree in theology from Spurgeon’s College.
The NTCG is a member of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA, a diverse global family, with more than 7 million members in approximately 185 nations.