The History of NTCG Harvest Temple, Wolverhampton

New Testament Church of God Harvest Temple Wolverhampton History

The New Testament Church of God (NTCG) is Britain’s most widely spread Black Majority Church and has operated in the UK since 1953. NTCG is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and the Evangelical Alliance. It is affiliated to Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA, which is a worldwide organisation of Churches in approximately 187 nations and territories with over 8 million members.

NTCG Harvest Temple in Wolverhampton held it first public service on Sunday 20th September 1953, at the YMCA centre on Stafford Street, Wolverhampton with seven people: Revd O.A. and Mrs R. Lyseight, Mr Herman D. and Mrs Brown, Mr G. Peddie, Mrs C. Salmon and Mr Cyprian Dundas. It was the very first of a network of over 100 NTCG churches to be established in the UK. The growing church raised funds and built a small church in Nursery Street, that was opened on the 27th January 1962 by the then Chief Constable of Wolverhampton, Mr. N. Goodchild.

Officers outside NTCG Nursery Street

RG and Barbara Spurling

The present church building, formerly known as St. Barnabas Church of England on Wednesfield Road in Heath Town, was purchased by NTCG Wolverhampton and opened in July 1972. The ‘Travellers Rest’ Public House on the corner of Wolverhampton and Woden Road was purchased in 1996, at a time when the pub was renowned for police drug raids. It was renamed the ‘New Trust Centre’ and opened in April 1997 to provide community support programmes such as the Community Food Bank, Senior Citizens Club, Youth Club, Easter and Summer Play Schemes, etc.

Click here to download and read extracts from NTCG Harvest Temple’s 50th and 60th Anniversary Brochures.

NTCG Harvest Temple was granted Planning Permission on 30th March 2017 from the City of Wolverhampton Local Planning Authority to build a new Worship and Legacy Centre. The church recently completed the purchase of an industrial site 50 metres from the New Trust Centre which is being converted into a car park. You can follow the progress of this exciting journey by clicking on the image below.
RG and Barbara Spurling

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