Vibrant Pentecostal Pastor Appointed Bishop of Freedom Worship Centre
Pastor Lloyd Crossfield, son of the late Bishop Lemuel Crossfield (a leading pioneer of the black led church from the Windrush generation) and Revd Mother Daphne Crossfield, is a visionary, vibrant and uncompromising articulate preacher, passionate musician and Pastor of Freedom Worship Centre (FWC), in Southall, West London, who was, on the 6th December 2019, appointed to the Office of Bishop of the said Organisation.
Pastor Lloyd grew up in a musical family, he was the bass player for one of the UK’s most popular gospel groups in the UK throughout the 1980s; ‘The Trumpets of Zion’. During the 1990s and 2000s, he taught gospel choirs throughout schools in his local borough. This culminated with one of the schools winning the prestigious BBC Songs of Praise senior school choir of the year, 2009.
For the past 20 years, Pastor Lloyd has served in a pastoral capacity and brings to his new role as appointed Bishop, a wealth of management and leadership experience and will build on the foundation of his predecessor. Pastor Crossfield is widely respected for his efforts to network across different denominations and his resolve to see greater unity in the body of Christ. He is a keen ecumenist and is the co- chair of the Southall Council of Churches.
As a passionate preacher he has preached across churches in England, Jamaica, Tobago and India and loves to see how the word of God changes lives for the better.
Pastor Lloyd is an author, song writer, musician and Executive producer.
FWC has an ethos based on three words from Isaiah 61:1; Appointed, Anointed & Sent and as a result is heavily involved in community activity.
Over the years, the church has partnered with their local borough to run youth clubs; a weekly outreach programme provides snacks and drink for the local community and a popular weekly soup kitchen is frequented by the locals, including the homeless. Community evenings also take place where professionals are engaged to discuss topics such as Will writing and mental health.
In it’s desire to better serve the community, FWC is undergoing major renovation. The church hall was demolished in December 2019 and in spring, a new sanctuary will be built to house up to 400 parishioners. The new facility will allow the church to grow what it does for the community such as; offering English as a foreign language, basic computer skills, greater support for the homeless to name a few.
Joel Thomas, leader of The Globe, the largest BME church in Reading, has worked
closely with Pastor Crossfield over the years and stated:
“I recommend Pastor Lloyd Crossfield to the role of Bishop Elect due to his faithfulness, ambition and inspirational qualities as a leader. Because he has remained faithful over a few things, God has now seen it fit to entrust more into his care.”
Revd. Nezlin Sterling, Director of Studies for the Institute of Theology & Christian Counselling, a friend of both the family and FWC welcomes the appointment. She said: “Pastor Crossfield is a reflective and visionary leader who understands contemporary trends and the challenges that the church face in our time. His belief in the redemptive potential of the local church to promote change, spiritually and socially in the life of individuals, families and the community has raised the profile of Freedom Worship Centre in recent years and forged new ways of the church working collaboratively with various public agencies”.
Pastor Lloyd on questioning stated, “I am humbled by this appointment and will by God’s grace walk in this calling and be faithful to the charge that God has placed on me. As an innate people person, I will continue to be accessible to my parishioners and the community at large.”
Pastor Lloyd has been married for 30 years to his beautiful wife, Pastor Verona and they have four lovely children, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.
For further information please contact:
Minister Lisa Fender-Jack: Tel No: 020 8813 8005