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The Race that is set before us...
Rev David Campbell
Born in Northern Ireland on 5th July, 1927. After graduation from secondary school, he went against the wishes of his parents to pursue training in the civil engineering field, and began to study theology in preparation for the ministry. After years of intensive study, he accepted the great truths of the absolute deity of Jesus Christ and baptism in Jesus Name.
In 1969 Brother Campbell went to Scotland and helped pioneer the work in that country.
After spending two years erecting a church and training young minister, he answered the call to assist in the establishment of a
work in North-East England. He was the pastor of “Life Tabernacle” in Sunderland, England. He passed away while ministering on a trip to the U.S. in 1981.
He will always be remembered as a great family man, gifted preacher & teacher, a man of serious and sober disposition but with a balance of humour. He served many years on the District (National) Board and was an honorary member.
Rev Lloyd G Edwards
Rev Edwards was a pioneer of the work in this country being among those who first met together on Plough Road in the early sixties. He was born in Jamaica on 3rd January, 1923 being one of ten children.
At the age of 17 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and faithfully served the Lord until his death on 26th September 1991. He came to England in 1956 and was employed by the Post Office until his retirement in 1983. In that same year he married Ruby Elaine and to them were born four children Junior, Phillip, Karl and Rose.
Since the starting of the UPC in Britain Brother Edwards who had previously attended the church on Wildman Street, Kingston, Jamaica became a stalwart for the truth and an ever present at all the functions in the organisation.
He was ordained in 1975 and served on the Board first as Missions Secretary and for a short while as Secretary Treasurer. He was a faithful minister in his duties as associate minister in Calvary Temple for many years and a man of great Christian character.
He served on the District (National) Board, Missions Director and editor of Pentecostal Truth.
Rev F J Turley
Born 28 August 1928 and raised in Pentecost; as a child he initially felt the love of God when he was 8 years old. In his late teens he entered Bible College in London during the final months of WWII. Just a few of the interesting people he met in these years were Howard Carter, Smith Wigglesworth and George Jeffries. These men had a profound impact on the Pentecostal movement in the British Isles. After Bible School he evangelised. In the early 1950’s in London when he was going door to door inviting people to church, he came across a Jamaican home and was invited in. There he was introduced to baptism in the name of Jesus by Bishop Dunn and not long after was baptised. The fellowship he had with a oneness group in Northern Ireland confirmed the revelation of the Oneness of God.
His ministry began in Leeds (1957) and then moved to Horsforth (a small village outside Leeds) and then onto London. He then moved onto the Midlands in 1959 to help his father and bring the truth to the Assembly of God Church.
In 1965 he met Bro Mervyn Miller, missionary of the United Pentecostal Church in America who came to visit and preach. Afterward he pioneered the United Pentecostal Church in Bilston and was able to purchase the building, this was the first building purchased for the UPC in Great Britain.
In 1972 he preached for the UPC General Conference in Miami, Florida. His greatest hero was John Wesley, because of his message of holiness, which delivered a nation to God causing a worldwide revival. One of his greatest joys was to see a new minister in the Lord. He is best known for his many years of service as Secretary/ Treasurer of the UPC of Great Britain and Ireland, also as Editor of the Pentecostal Truth for 19 years, his unmistakable style of preaching and could play piano and sing. He was greatly loved and respected by his fellow ministers. Fred Turley passed away 27 May 2008, a man who was faithful to the end.
Books by F J Turley: “So Great Salvation” & “Understanding Spiritual Gifts”
Bishop James C H Dallas
Bishop James Dallas was born on 4th September, 1937 in Garva, Northern Ireland and passed away on 1st July 2001. He was brought up in the Presbyterian Church and later came into his Pentecostal experience. He soon had a desire to study the Word of God and attended Apostolic Bible Institute in the USA. After graduating from ABI he began his ministry by assisting Bro Charles Price in the Shepherds Bush/Hammersmith area.
After this he and Bro Mervyn Miller held services in Howland Hall, Streatham. From there they moved to Calvary Temple, Camberwell where he served as one of the assistants under Bro Miller’s leadership.
During this time he became involved with the starting of the church in Kilburn, where he worked with Rev Eddie Hall.
He then began his major pastoral work, the founding and pastoring of Life Tabernacle Church, Battersea which will forever be a memorial to his ministry. After 28 years he returned to his beloved Ireland to pioneer new churches.
He served in many roles; Missions Director, Pentecostal Truth Editor, member of the Global Council and was elected as General Superintendent in 1977, a position which he held 25 years right up until his passing. He is best known for his sense of humility, and his greatest desire being to train and develop young men for the ministry.
Rev S G Sappleton
Rev S.G. Sappleton accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour at the age of 17 in June 1953. He was baptised by the late Reverend H.S. Lewis in August 1953 and received the Holy Ghost.
He emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1960 where he attended Kennington College of Further Education for two years. During the following years he worked with many organisations and companies, including British Rail and G.E.C.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Catherine May on 23rd November 1963. Four children were born to them – Samuel Lloyd and Jennifer Elizabeth who have gone to be with the Lord and David Mark and Susan Grace who are now married with families of their own.
During these times Rev. S.G. Sappleton served as a lay preacher. He was appointed the pastor of the UPC church in Rugby in September 1969 and served faithfully for six years. In May 1975 he received ordination and was elected by the members of Calvary Temple to be the pastor, where he was one of the founder members when it was purchased in February 1969.
He served on the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church of Great Britain and Ireland as a General Presbyter from 1973 to 1981 and Missions Director from 1981 to 2005. He has helped to pioneer many of the UPC churches in the UK and given assistance to preachers and pastors from other organisations around the globe.
Rev. S.G. Sappleton travelled and ministered in several countries including USA, Canada, Jamiaca, Israel, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Guyana, Trinidad and the Bahamas.
During his lifetime the late Reverend E. L. Carnegie made such an impact that the following words became synonymous with his character: “faithful,” “true leader,” “humble,” “charitable,” “meek,” “diligent” and “hardworking.” Even people outside the church had respect for his dedication and passion for the Lord. Born on 28th January 1920 in Claremont, St Elizabeth, Jamaica, he was fifth of ten children. His parents were both Christians and were engaged in ministry, so he had a good sound upbringing in the things of God. When he was 20 years of age, he committed his life to Christ and was filled with the Holy Spirit. He married Hyacinth May Miller and they had 5 children – 2 girls and 3 boys.
In 1960, he came to England and was later joined by his wife. Being a faithful servant of the Lord, his relationship with the Lord continued when he came to Britain. He was amongst the early pioneers of the United Pentecostal Church in London and as that first church grew it became known as Calvary Temple. In 1969 Reverend Carnegie was appointed to the church board as an elder. Reverend Carnegie had a great burden to win souls to Christ and in 1971 he showed obedience to Jesus in accepting the call to pastor the work in Bletchley, travelling week after week to hold services. In 1972 the Bletchley church was set in order, and with a small group of believers, the church was started. This church is known today as Faith Tabernacle, which stands as a memorial to him and his steadfastness in the faith.
Pastor Carnegie was a visionary, whose desire was to see the young Faith Tabernacle have its own building and to establish itself in the new city – Milton Keynes. 1987 marked the time when the Lord rewarded the praying, fasting and faithfulness as He had promised, when an old Salvation Army building was purchased. After extensive refurbishments the building was dedicated to the service of the Lord on 4th August 1989. Today we live in the legacy this man has left. This church stands as a memorial to him and is a Holy Spirit led, growing vibrant church. On 19th December 1994 Reverend Carnegie went to be with the Lord.