Welcome to the New Testament Church of God website. We are a bible-based, evangelical Christian church, who believe God has called us to serve others. Our various church ministries, all of which have this in mind, are outward facing, seeking to serve our communities, whether that is through our Prison Ministry, our Young Men’s Group, our evangelism activities or our social responsibility programmes. All of these have at their heart, service to others.
In and through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord has called us to be salt and light in practical ways to those around us. That is our mission, lived out through the various ministries.
Please enjoy browsing our website. Remain blessed in Jesus, the Christ.
Pastor Tony Parry
The New Testament Church of God or Church of God, as it is known internationally, was founded upon the principles of Christ as they are revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. It has its foundation of faith and practice in the Scriptures and the vital experience of its constituents is scripturally oriented.
First and foremost, the Church of God is a determinedly Christian church. It is built upon the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The doctrines and practices of the church are based upon His teachings.
The Church of God is founded upon the principles of Protestantism, although it is not a traditional follower of any specific leader of the Protestant Reformation. The denomination stands firmly for justification by faith, the priesthood of believers, the authority of the Bible, religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. It stands against abuses and extravagance of ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism.
The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:
- The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
- The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ's death for the sins of the world.
- The literal resurrection of the body.
- Christ's second coming in bodily form to earth.
Evangelical is the term used to describe those who affirm the primary doctrines revealed in the Scriptures. These doctrines include the inspiration and authority of the Word of God; the Trinity; the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ; salvation by faith in the atoning death of Christ; His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father; the ministry of the Holy Spirit; the second coming of Christ; and the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.
The Church of God has aligned itself with the basic statement of faith of NAE (National Association of Evangelicals) the largest association of Evangelicals in the USA. Members of NAE subscribe to a common statement of faith. The Church of God can be described as positioned in the mainstream of Evangelical Protestantism.
In 1896, many members of the Church of God experienced a spiritual outpouring they identified as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Because it was so similar to the experience of the early Christians on the day of Pentecost, it came to be called a Pentecostal experience, an enrichment of the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit that empowered believers to be effective witnesses of Christ. The principle distinctive of the Church of God as a Pentecostal organization is its belief in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit
The charismata or gifts of the Spirit appeared early in the life and ministry of the Church of God. The gifts can be divided into three categories: the gifts of revelation, the gifts of power and the gifts of utterance or inspiration. The gifts of revelation are the gifts of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. The gifts of power are faith, miracles, and gifts of healing. The gifts of utterance and inspiration are prophecy, tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit bestows these gifts and those who accept the validity of these gifts are called charismatic.
From its inception the Church of God has been a revival movement. Evangelism has been in the forefront of all its activities. The church has maintained an aggressive effort to take the message of Christ throughout the world by all means and methods. Every program of the church reflects an evangelistic attitude: revivalism, conferences, worship services, teaching, preaching and its missionary efforts.
The magnitude of the Great Commission requires a united effort. This united endeavor is efficiently served by guidance, support, resources and leadership from a common center. The New Testament Church of God is centrally organized. Centralized church government is administration from the international, national and district levels. It helps facilitate the fulfillment of the mission of the church.
The control of the New Testament Church of God rests with the laity and ministers, who jointly form a governing body called the General Assembly which meets biennially. Benefits of centralised government include the following: uniformity of doctrine and practice; principles that bind together local churches in the same manner; membership commitments in all churches; expansion and extension of fellowship; accountability; cooperative decision-making; and united efforts in evangelism and world outreach.
Ministers and Laity
Ministers in the New Testament Church of God are ranked as ordained bishops, ordained ministers, exhorters, ministers of music and ministers of Christian education. They achieve these levels of ministry through a profession of faith, commitment to the church, training, internship and fulfillment of credential requirements. The Church of God emphasizes the doctrinal position of the priesthood of all believers and encourages laity to assume a Biblical role in local church ministry.
Emphasis upon education and training is a priority of the Church of God. Educational opportunities are provided from local congregations through institutions of higher learning at the international level of the church.
Vision & Mission
As a church we are an outward facing organisation, actively engaging with our local communities as salt and light. All our church activities, services and programmes are so ordered as to encourage every person to have a divine encounter with God.
The New Testament Church of God in Leeds recognises its divine mission under God, as encapsulated in Matthew 28:18 – 20, to go and to teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all things of the Lord, as true disciples of Jesus Christ.
- All are taught the principles of the holy faith.
- All are equipped and empowered to know God’s purpose for their lives.
- All members are encouraged to go into all the world to make disciples of men.
- All departments are inspired of the Lord and led by anointed leaders.
- The power of Pentecost is practically demonstrated within the church and the importance of its preservation is cascaded down to succeeding generations.
- To be a place of refuge, rescue, restoration, resurrection and revival.
- That the church actively seeks to be a learning environment, continuously enhancing our knowledge of Jesus Christ regarding the church and the things of God.
- As a church we will once again reclaim the vital process of sanctification for every believer to be truly cleansed from sin before appointment for service.
- As a church evidence of our work will focus on regeneration of our community through the power of prayer and service.
- Young people hold the promise of our church today, so our youth programmes will have a focus on development of leaders for today and tomorrow.
- In missions, making Jesus Christ known to all nations through the work of the various ministries within the church, that believers who come to faith will be taught the principles of the holy faith, nurtured in the ways of the Lord and equipped to become true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Pastor C Gray was the first pastor of the new Leeds church formed in 1959 that met at 43 Louis Street Leeds with 22 members, including J and P Crawford, F Crawford, M Grierson, B Copeland, F and B. Richards, A Blair, R Sinclair, I Clarke, P and A Beckford, E Smith, B Grey, D Leek, O Leek, U Ruddock, L and D Broderick. Sister P Crawford was the first Church Secretary, later succeeded by Sis D Leek.
Despite, Racism and poverty the Leeds Church overcame. Prayer and fasting coupled with fervent evangelism saw the Leeds church grow quickly and also the district with churches planted in Bradford, Huddersfield and Halifax. Sis I Gayle states: “The success of the church was due to the evangelism we did. We used to go door-to-door and evangelism on the streets”. Pastor Poyser who became the first district overseer and worked closely with Pastor Grey in planting many of the Churches in the north of England confirms in his message to the Church on the event of it’s 50th anniversary: “Time will not allow a total recall, but we can safely say our foundation was built on our unity in prayer and fasting, preaching, reaching out to the neighbourhoods. We remember the great old saints, and the work of the Holy Ghost. There were many knocking on doors, home visitation, some gave us a warm welcome - and some didn’t. But by God’s grace we persisted in exalting the name of our Lord Jesus and ‘hitherto has the Lord helped us’”.
The commitment and sincerity of the early church in Leeds was undeniable. Members gave what they had to support the work of the ministry and even re-mortgaged their homes to purchase the first church building at 281a Chapeltown Road.
Pastor Grey was succeeded by Pastor Nelson who is credited with developing the young church into a mature body of believers.
From 1965 to 1979 Pastor T E Caine led the Leeds New Testament Church of God which in his time held the largest Sunday School in Europe with 439 members and an average attendance of 300. Pastor Caine’s desire to build confident leaders led to the formation of a District Youth and Christian Education Department with the aim of equipping believers to be relevant to a lost and dying world.
Pastor L J Lyttle took over when Reverend Caine was asked to Pastor the Manchester Church and established the Beeston Church. Under his leadership the Leeds District Evangelism Breakthrough Initiative born and Bro W Innis was appointed as the first Local Evangelism director. The church continued its steady growth
Under the Leadership of Pastor C L Hastings between 1983 - 1998 the church moved to it’s current location at 3 Easterly Road. Pastor Hastings was responsible for a number of tent outreach meetings in the heart of Chapeltown where many healings took place and many people who are members of the church today came to know Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior.
Today the members of the New Testament Church of God Leeds. led by Reverend Canon Tony Parry MA MBA represent, over a 35 nations. As it was at it’s inception Leeds New Testament Church of God stands for Holiness to the Glory of God.
The Leeds church was formed by believers who arrived in England by invitation of the government to meet the labour shortage needs of rebuilding the country following the great sacrifices made during the Second World War. The New Testament Church of God had been established in Jamaica by the virtue of one Rev J. Wilson Bell from Kingston Jamaica, who made contact by letter to the Church of God Headquarters in Cleveland Tennessee in the summer of 1917.
This resulted in the very first missionary of the church to Jamaica and the Caribbean, Rev. J.S. Llewellyn responding in April 1918. He worked with Rev. J. Wilson Bell and Rev. J. M. Parkinson, the first two recognized Ministers and organized a church in Kingston with seven members. By 1922 the Pentecostal flame of the New Testament Church of God reached the parish of Clarendon in Central Jamaica.
By the most recent estimates the Jamaican church has grown to 361 churches with over 80,000 members and a total following of 163,000 according to the population census of 2001. Churches planted by Jamaicans worldwide can often by distinguished by the fact that they are also referred to as New Testament Church of God within the Church of God family
Known in the United States as The Church of God. The formation of the church is recorded as being August 19, 1886, in Monroe County, Tennessee, near the North Carolina border. Disillusioned with luke-warmness of the pervading church culture of the time, the former Baptist Richard Green Spurling preached in a millhouse along Barney Creek and eight persons formed a Christian Union for the purpose of following the New Testament as their rule for faith and practice, giving each other equal rights and privilege to interpret Scripture, and sitting together as the church of God. Twenty-one years later the growing movement formally adopted the name Church of God.
Ten years after the organizational meeting, a revival at the Shearer Schoolhouse in nearby Camp Creek, North Carolina, introduced the doctrine of sanctification (a second work of grace following salvation, culminating in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit) to the community. Opposition to this doctrine led to severe persecution, but a spirit of revival prevailed and the Holiness believers experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that included speaking in tongues and divine healing. Such experiences prepared the way for the explosion of the Pentecostal movement in the early twentieth century.
My name is Beverley Levy-Smith and I am 53 years old and mother of 2 wonderful young men. Dylan Giles 21 who is in his final year at Preston University and Macaulay 19 who is in his first year at Crewe university. I am very blessed and very proud of the young men they have grown to be despite of my past. God has truly kept them.
I grew up in a Christian home but was very rebellious, I rebelled against the Christian values of my parent’s home. I chose to leave at the age of 17 and live my own life and because of my rebellion I made many wrong choices l lived a gangster lifestyle, this led me into a 17 year crack cocaine addiction of £3,000 a week. I spent 8 years of my life in prison because of the lawless life I lead.
Things came to a head after being involved in a near death car accident. Where God spoke to me audibly. That day I made up my mind I was going back to church, going to accept Christ into my life, which I did but could not kick my addiction. Life became a nightmare I was broken and cried out to the Lord for a way out. I wanted to die and planned to take my own life.
The day I planned to do this I went to church, the church I had grown up in, I heard a message called “Out of the Ashes” which stirred me. I spoke to the visiting preacher at that time Bishop Chambers, he told me I needed professional help and through a family friend in the church that knew of Teen Challenge I entered the program in Wales on 2nd August 2005.
This was the best thing I have ever done as well as the hardest; I met with God at Hope House (Teen Challenge) in a big way and made Him my priority and my all in all. I graduated in April 2007 as a woman of God, changed, delivered and healed and the praise and Glory belongs to God.
Since graduating God has restored my family, I returned to Leeds and was employed by Teen Challenge Leeds on the outreach team for 2 years. I moved on from there to work for Social services with youth after care for 2 years. I travelled on mission trips to Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Trinidad, India and Barbados sharing the Gospel and working with the lepers, HIV victims and street kids. Most recently i headed up my first mission team to Teen challenge Jamaica where we served and shared the love of Jesus Christ, lives where changed and God truly touched and spoke to the team 2 of which were teenagers. I have also been involved in many of the ministries within my home church and I am the founder of the Kings Daughters young women’s ministry.
I have travelled all round the UK sharing the love of Jesus and the amazing things he has done in my life and giving hope to others to believe he can also do it for them. God is awesome and his word in Jeremiah 29.11 has proven to be true in my life and I know that at this moment in time I am in the centre of Gods will for my life. I thank The Lord for my Parents my wonderful boys (now young men), and also the ministry of Teen challenge for believing in me and helping me fulfil my calling. I live to serve God, I stay under his word and that is my life.
In 2013 I was honoured to be nominated for and won 2 awards, for the way my life turned around, I was blown away and so humbled to hear that my life change has impacted and inspired so many people. In 2014 I ended my season at Hope House Teen Challenge to take up a role in Harrogate to pioneer a women’s after care centre, My role will still be counselling and mentoring women. This new season in my life is just another part of Gods plan for my life I embrace it as I know he knows best.
So my name is Sarah Atkins I am 33 and from Leeds.
I had a very troubled upbringing and felt rejected from a very early age. This led me to try and find a way of coping with the hurt I was feeling within myself. My way of doing that was self harm and eating disorders. I tried gaining acceptance by excelling at high school being the only one out of five children to complete and came away with 11 GCSE's
When this failed, at just 17 I chose to have my daughter, but I didn't know how to love as I had never experienced what love was. I quickly fell into a relationship with a man who was 11 years older. I was young and naive he promised me the world but the reality was that he beat me, controlled me and raped me leaving me pregnant. This led to my downward spiral into drug addiction. I couldn't cope with my son, drink and drugs were the only thing to get me through the day. Then when I lost my daughter I had lost every thing in my eyes. I tried ending my life on a number of occasions but the God kept his hand of protection over my life.
By the end of a 15 year addiction I was homeless, I'd lost my children and my marriage was a mess. That's when I went into Teen Challenge, a Christian rehabilitation centre. I met with the Lord there in a mighty way. It took a long time but the God really did heal every wound within me. He has broken every chain that kept me bound and restored far beyond what I ever thought could be restored. I now have my own home and my daughter lives with me and I've just returned from my first mission trip. This year I am hoping to go to theology college.
God has restored my family back to me and turned my life around. I give him all the praise, all the glory and all the honor. Who the son sets free is free indeed.
Declaration Of Faith
The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.
- In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
- In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
- That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
- That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
- In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
- Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.
- In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
- In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
- In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
- Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
- In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.
- In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
- In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.