Press Release: Greatly respected and much-loved church leader passes away.

Published on Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:15

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Bishop David Whitfield Greaves (62) passed away on Saturday 17th December 2016. Bishop David died unexpectedly while in repose at his home recovering from a prolonged season of health challenges. He is survived by his wife Marlene, five children, a daughter-in-law and two grand-children, both parents and his siblings.

The family of Bishop David issued this statement. “Firstly we wish to declare ‘It is well!’. David was delighted to return home to his beloved family following an intensive period of hospitalisation. Who would have imagined he would only have three days with us. He had been in good spirits, engaging in lively conversations, and expressing a refreshed outlook on life and ministry. We are comforted by these and the many great memories that span 30 years of marriage and parenthood. We are blessed to have called him husband, father, and grandfather and ask for continued prayers as we face the days ahead”.

For most of his adult life Bishop David served the church locally and internationally in various capacities. In 2012 Bishop David ended his two term tenure as National Presiding Bishop of the New Testament Assembly (NTA) and continued leading the NTA Leyton branch where he was much endeared. To many Bishop David was a spiritual father and a mentor. Whilst a deeply devoted man of prayer, who worshipped God with unbridled passion, he also had tremendous compassion and a capacity to care for people unconditionally.

NTA Presiding Bishop Delroy Powell had this to say; “We have lost a good man. Bishop David will be remembered as a humble and sincere servant leader who emulated Christ in the way he lived out his faith”.

Rev Joel Edwards, strategic advisor with Christian Solidarity Worldwide and family friend paid this tribute; “Bishop Greaves was a gentle-man, a pastor and a friend. A warm light has been relocated from our world to be rekindled in heaven. Rest in eternal peace!”

Bishop David was a mentor to Director of Christian Concern, Ade Omooba who commented, “A gentle soul and pastoral maverick steals away to Jesus and into paradise; a true gem will be truly missed.”

Details of funeral arrangement are not yet known. In the meantime, tributes can be posted below or via our Facebook Tribute Page.

Postal tributes, flowers and gifts can be sent or delivered to the following address;

New Testament Assembly 114 Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4HS

Needless to say that Bishop David’s unexpected departure has left a huge void in all our hearts. The NTA National Leadership team extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Rev Marlene and family and ask that we keep them and the wider NTA Leyton assembly in our prayers.


Media Enquiries: Mrs May Bayfield Young:

New Testament Assembly, 114 Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4HS

Further information.
The New Testament Assembly was formed in 1961. It is an established Black Majority Churches with its roots in Jamaica and branches across five continents. We are long standing members of Churches Together in Britain & Ireland; Churches Together in England, the Evangelical Alliance and the Free Churches Group.

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