New Testament Church of God
14 October 2022
The oldest and longest running black led organisation in the city post Windrush.
60th Anniversary 1962-2022
Celebrating our Legacy... designing the future.
Pastor Glen Boswell Henry was the first minister of the NTCG in Southampton. He would rise to become Bishop Dr Henry. A small, devoted group would hold services in a scout hut in Lyon Street. As the membership grew there was a need to move to larger premises, a church building, in Osborne Rd. Finally, the congregation found a permanent home settling at the present premises in Ivy Road.
New Testament Church of God was at the heart of the Caribbean community. It was a time when Southampton's West Indian population appeared to know each other, many having a shared Christian heritage. The membership formed a close-knit extended family reinforcing and affirming matters of faith and cultural identity. The Church, the oldest and longest running black led organisation in the city post Windrush, continues to act as a hub within the community having touched and reached many.
Designing the future.
The church in Southampton branch has been blessed with many pastors since the arrival of pastor Dr Henry. As the church’s latest pastor, appointed in October 2021, I am a witness to the legacy of the Southampton church and community and the link to moving forward in ambition, vision, and time. My contribution, along with the congregation and wider community is to design the future for our church and community.
Pastor Samuel Grace FRSA