A pioneer of the Black Majority Churches has gone to be with the Lord!
Bishop Lemuel Crossfield
Sunrise 17th July 1931 – Sunset 21st December 2016
Bishop Lemuel Crossfield was the founder and leader of The Church of God Pentecostal (“TCOGP” now known as Freedom Worship Centre) in Southall in the United Kingdom, as well as of six churches on the beautiful island of Jamaica.
Lemuel Crossfield was born in the Alexandria District of the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica and attended Mount Providence School there. He was the only child of Esterine Thomas and came from very humble beginnings. The Lord saved him in the year 1953 and after many struggles Lemuel came to England in 1959 and married his beloved wife, Daphne, in April 1960. There was a strong call on his life to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and out of their ‘Bedroom’ a church was born in the year 1964.
Bishop Crossfield was widely known for being a man of vision and faith, with a strong character. After establishing TCGOP in Southall in 1964, the couple were able to purchase the local Methodist church on Western Road in 1973; and this was rebuilt in 1997. That building, now known as Freedom Worship Centre, still operates from the same location – mortgage free!
In the year 2000 Bishop Crossfield returned to Jamaica, where he pastored the Rio Nuevo Branch of TCGOP, and also had pastoral oversight of five other churches across the island.
On 21st December 2016 Bishop Crossfield died peacefully at his London home, in the company of his family, following a period of failing health. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, First Lady Daphne; his five children (Errol, Lawrence, Monica, Lloyd and Pauline); one son-in-law and three daughters-in law; twelve Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.
In addition to this, Bishop Crossfield (affectionately known as ‘Dad’) will be missed by The Church of God Pentecostal family; countless spiritual sons and daughters; fellow ministers of the Gospel and brothers and sisters in Christ.
These are a few tributes from some of his fellow Ministers of the Gospel:-
“We honour and salute the life and legacy of Bishop Lemuel Crossfield, one of God’s generals instrumental in the Pentecostal Movement here in the UK from the early 1960s. He came, he saw and he conquered. A militant, progressive and visionary leader who planted, and was overseer to, churches in England and Jamaica. He has fought a good fight, finished his course but kept the faith and is now sat down with those innumerable cloud of witnesses. His life mission continues in the values of his family and church and we are proud to have been an integral part of that journey. The Thomases and the Crossfields share an unbreakable bond! May the blessings of the Lord be multiplied during this difficult time of bereavement and transition.”
Pastor Anthony Thomas – Faith Temple Church of God
“The Late Bishop Crossfield was a Father who led by example. I met him almost 40 years ago and he has always encouraged me in my Ministry. Bishop, you have laboured and remained faithful, now it’s time for your Reward. You have laboured for the Master from the Dawn to Setting Sun, and now He has said “well done!” We will miss you, but your legacy will live on long after you are gone.”
Bishop Joel M Thomas – The Church of God Worldwide Mission International
“Today we have lost a veteran and champion of the Black Majority Churches, whose involvement goes back to the early 1960s. He sacrificially and prayerfully orchestrated his role as priest, mentor and servant leader. His contribution to the stability and growth of The Church of God Pentecostal and the other church organisations he engaged with nationally and internationally is incalculable. We thank God for a life lived to the glory of God.”
Revd. Nezlin J. Sterling – The New Testament Assembly
“I grew up hearing about the significant contributions of men and women of God who were making their mark in Christendom and Overseer Crossfield was one of them. We find ourselves saying farewell yet again as one of our generals has finished his course and taken his journey home. We celebrate his life and honour his legacy. May his soul rest in peace. Our sincere prayers are with Crossfield family and congregation at this difficult time.”
Bishop John Francis – Ruach City Church
Home Going Service Details:
The Homegoing Service of Bishop Crossfield will be on Thursday 19th January 2017 at:
Start time: 9.00am
Interment: Greenford Park Cemetery, London, UB6 9BU
Dress code: The family does not regard this as a time of mourning but more a celebratory home going service so BLACK DRESS IS NOT REQUIRED.
Please direct all enquiries to:
Mrs Lisa Fender-Jack on 020-8813-8005 or 07957-648169
or to firstname.lastname@example.org