Leading Pentecostal Church launches book about its history in UK

A new book has launched telling in an authoritative manner the history of the black Pentecostal Church movement in the UK.

“From an Acorn to an Oak Tree: the History of the New Testament Assembly” by Richard Reddie tells the history of the New Testament Assembly (NTA), a church representative of the Pentecostal Movement anchored in Britain’s Caribbean community.

This book is carefully crafted from the backdrop of the work and accomplishments of the joint founders of the organisation, the late Bishop Melvin L. Powell and the late Bishop Donald E. Bernard, and epitomises the growth and development of NTA through its many milestones.

Written with the full co-operation of the NTA leadership, this book explores how the Jamaican Christians, who travelled to Britain as part of the second wave of Caribbean migration to the Mother Country, planted this church in Britain over 50 years ago.

The author has captured the very heart of the organisation, and with the aid of photographs he has depicted the many milestones of the NTA over the past 50 years.

The International President Bishop The Rt. Revd Hugh Thomas said the book “holds high imaginary intrigue that sends the adrenaline pumping to begin the journey. This is a work that has been long overdue for the New Testament Assembly – UK. The author has effectively captured the spirit of the founders and forward movement of this progressive Organisation.”

Bishop Dr. Joe Aldred added: “The value of documenting for posterity the history of a people cannot be overstated. When these are the people who have contributed indispensably to the development of the Black Church Movement in Britain, a book dedicated to telling their story immediately falls into the ‘indispensable’ category of literary works.”

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. John Sentumu Archbishop of York, in the Foreword reflected: “In my early years in the UK I saw how the work of the New Testament Assembly was able to offer an invaluable spiritual, emotional, and social service to recently arrived Caribbean migrants in a way that the traditional churches simply were not gifted, equipped, or prepared to offer……”