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Our Foundation


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Our Foundation


Who We are

 

The United Pentecostal Church of Great Britain & Ireland (UPC GB& I) is affiliated to the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI).

The UPC GB&I was officially formed in 1968 after a UPCI Missionary to London, Reverend Mervyn Todd and his young family met a group of West Indian Apostolic Pentecostal immigrants who had started having regular church meetings in their homes.

The UPC GB&I is one of the fastest growing multicultural apostolic church organisation in the United kingdom. Presently the UPC GB&I is divided into 3 districts: London and South, Central District and Northern District & Ireland and comprises over 80 churches and preaching points.

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Our History


Our History


Our History

Throughout the 50’s & 60’s immigrants from the West Indies came to Great Britain. With many came the Apostolic message of Pentecost which God would connect with the precious Apostolic Spirit filled outpouring revivals in 1894 in Ireland and 1901 in Wales and throughout the British Isles and Europe.

1961: One Sunday night after service, 5 Spirit filled saints sat in a car at the corner of Honeybrook Road in Balham. Elder J M Brownie, Sis M Brownie, Bro Roy Lindo, Bro Fred Gallimore and Bro S G Sappleton.

Several had come from UPC-affiliated churches in Jamaica, but there were no UPC churches in the UK at that time. They felt it needful to try and establish a UPC church in England.

1962: UPC Members in UK visited by Bro & Sis J W Mogg, retired Missionaries from Ceylon. 1965: Missionary Mervyn Miller, his wife Sis Marilyn Miller and their two children arrived in England and started working with the UPC members in the UK.
1967: Bro Mervyn Miller meets Bro Fred Turley who is now baptised in Jesus name. Bro Mervyn Miller is asked by the brethren to become the Pastor.

1960’s: The first British UPC church bus was purchased for £320, with a special sacrificial offering made by Bro Sappleton, Bro Lindo and Mother Mills.

HOUSE GROUP MEETINGS: At Bro & Sis L Edwards’ home in Leighton Gardens, Kensal Green and Bro & Sis F Gallimore’s home in Ritherden Road, Balham

Formal record of adoption was agreed by all 23 members present and signed by the Pastor, Bro Mervyn Miller, the Secretary, Sis C Peart and Deacon F Gallimore.

HOWLAND HALL (the place of worship) was a hall rented from the Church of England on Sunnyhill Road, Streatham.

n August 1965 a young couple and their two young children, Tammy Erin 6 years old and Mervyn Todd 18 months arrived in London as the first Appointed Missionaries of the United Pentecostal Church International.


In the home of Rev and Sis Lloyd Edwards, a group of Jamaican brethren met with the Millers and expressed their burden and desire to see established a strong United Pentecostal Church. From that day a relationship developed which would last for two missionary terms. During that time, Calvary Temple church building was purchased.

1968 (November) The British Isles District of the UPC was organised.
After many years of hard work, in November 1968, in a special meeting held at Partington, Manchester; the British Isles District of the UPC was officially organised.

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The United Pentecostal Church of Great Britain & Ireland was born
 

The District Board members at that time were:

Bro M D Miller – Superintendent
Bro F J Turley – Secretary/Treasurer
Bro L G Edwards – Missions Secretary
Bro J C H Dallas – Editor of the Pentecostal Truth (Official Organ)
Bro B D Glaser, Secretary of the UPC European District was present at this historic meeting. Two Commer buses were purchased to transport children to and from Sunday School; one was driven by Bro Sappleton and one by Bro B Steele. 1969: In February 1969, Calvary Temple UPC was purchased and dedicated to the glory of God on the last Saturday of February 1969. This date has always been a landmark for the brethren of Calvary Temple. The Church Board Members at that time were:
Bro M D Miller – Pastor
Bro J C H Dallas – Associate Minister
Bro L G Edwards – Associate Minister
Bro S G Sappleton – Elder
Bro E R Lindo – Elder
Bro F G Gallimore – Elder
Bro L Carnegie – Elder
Sis C Peart – Church Secretary

In August 1965 a young couple and their two young children, Tammy Erin 6 years old and Mervyn Todd 18 months arrived in London as the first Appointed Missionaries of the United Pentecostal Church International.
In the home of Rev and Sis Lloyd Edwards, a group of Jamaican brethren met with the Millers and expressed their burden and desire to see established a strong United Pentecostal Church. From that day a relationship developed which would last for two missionary terms. During that time, Calvary Temple church building was purchased.

The work grew and soon other works were started in various parts of the UK under the supervision of Rev Miller.

In the Heavenly realm of our Apostolic Advancement a small step was taken with the United Pentecostal Church of Great Britain & Ireland when it held its first General Conference in 1969 after the district was officially organised.
1972: Edinburgh, Scotland: The constitution was changed, and the British Isles became known as the UPC of Great Britain & Ireland.

From then onwards Ministers were sent out to pioneer works in other parts of the country. The writer (Bro Sappleton) was sent to Rugby, Bro S Gardner from Rugby to Manchester and Bro D Campbell to Elgin, Scotland.
1973: Formation of the National Youth Department (E Hall)

1985: The National Work is Multiplied into 6 Geographical Areas.


1. London & South
2. Central England
3. North England
4. Scotland
5. Ireland
6. Wales


In 1985 it was upgraded from District to General status