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New body aims to unite UK Christians

HOPE: Yemi Adedeji will be the OPC's first director

BRITAIN'S LEADING representative body for Christians, the Evangelical Alliance (EA), recently launched a new arm called the One People Commission (OPC).

The body will seek to celebrate the diversity of Britain’s Christian community, build bridges across cultural divides and encourage different church streams and ethnicities to work to together.

The OPC, which partly fills the gap left by the now defunct African Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA), is comprised of church leaders across the denominational spectrum.

Among the new group’s leading figures are: Rev Kingsley Appiagyei, leader of Trinity Baptist Church; Bishop Eric Brown, National Overseer of the New Testament Church of God; Bishop John Francis of Ruach Ministries; Rev John Glass, leader of Elim Pentecostal church; Pastor Agu Irukwu, Senior Pastor, Jesus House; Dr Dave Landrum, Advocacy Director, EA; Dr Tani Omideyi, senior minister, Love & Joy Ministries and EA Council member; Rev Siew Huat Ong, Chinese Church in London; Bishop Wilton Powell, national overseer COGOP; Manoj Raithatha, South Asian Forum, and Rev Mike Talbot, Vicar of Emmanuel Church, Northwood and Chair of the EA Board.

Rev Yemi Adedeji, an ordained Anglican priest and Pentecostal pastor, who also serves as associate director for HOPE, global ambassador for Compassion UK and works alongside numerous church leaders across the UK, has been appointed as the first ever director of the OPC.

Due to his wide range of experiences of working in a range of different church streams and amongst different ethnicities, there is no doubt that Rev Adedeji is the right man for the role. Speaking in Idea magazine he outlined why he believed he was the right man for the job. “As both an Anglican priest and a Pentecostal pastor, I understand these two worlds well” he said.

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“I feel I have a dualistic role within the context of mission. I don’t build a bridge. I am a bridge. I’ve also got great relationships with the church leaders who form the commission. I used to work for the Church Mission Society and travelled to places including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Korea. But my life changed in 2002, when I felt the Lord called me to be a missionary to the people of this country.”

Rev Adedeji believes the OPC will bring churches together. He said: “Unity is a great thing. But it needs to be unity for a purpose – to see our wonderful, diverse communities transformed with the good news of Jesus Christ. It’s only when there’s a synergy and partnership for purpose that everyone can actually do what they’re trying to do,” he said.

For more information about The One People Commission visit www.eauk/onepeople.

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