New Testament Assembly appoints new National Leader

The New Testament Assembly (NTA), a leading Black Pentecostal denomination in the UK and founded by members of the Windrush Generation, have announced Rev Sean Samuel as its new incoming National Presiding Bishop.

He will succeed the current leader, Bishop Delroy A Powell, who has come to the end of a two-term tenure.

Rev Samuel, 61, currently Senior Pastor at the NTA New Generation Church (NGC) in Nottingham, will bring a wealth of experience to his new role, which includes church planting, leadership and management skills. He aims to build on the foundation of his predecessors, such as the late Bishops Melvin Powell and Donald Bernard, who co-founded the NTA in 1961.

In his acceptance speech, Rev Samuel, who is married to Maxine and is father to five adult children, paid homage to Christians who had mentored and guided him in ministry over the years. He said:

My prayer is for ancient and new wells to spring up in our midst, renewing our desire for personal and corporate worship and fellowship, and that the glory of God would flow out from our churches and congregations into our communities.

Outgoing Bishop Delroy Powell commented:

The mantle of leadership has fallen on the shoulders of a good man — a man of great integrity and sincere humility. I have every confidence that he will succeed in preserving the great legacy entrusted to us by our forebears and, crucially, in preparing the next generation to navigate the uncharted waters of the times ahead.

The Consecration of Bishop-Elect Rev Sean Samuel will take place on Saturday 26 August 2023 during the NTA National Convention.


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