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Three funeral services for pioneering Bishop

LOSS: Bishop Sydney Dunn

THOUSANDS OF Christians across the world are expected to attend the funeral of Bishop Sydney Dunn, the Jamaican founder of Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic (BUCJC). Bishop Dunn was 95 when he passed away.

At its peak, the denomination he started in Birmingham in 1955 had 42 congregations throughout the UK, as well as church plants in America, Canada, Africa and the West Indies. Under Bishop Dunn’s leadership, BUCJC built the only black-owned conference building in the UK, Bethel Convention Centre, a 2,500 seat building based in West Bromwich in the West Midlands.

Due to the high regard in which Bishop Dunn was held, three funeral services will be held in his honour – one at BUCJC’s ‘mother’ church in Gibson Road, Handsworth on August 22, and another two services at Bethel Convention Centre on August 23, for the national church and August 24 for international followers.

Bishop Dunn was born in St Mary, Jamaica in October 12, 1921, and got saved as a teenager in Shiloh Pentecostal church. He started his pastoral work at age 19 and was destined to become head of the church, but made the decision to migrate to Britain in the early 1950s to make some money and go back to Jamaica – but God had other plans.

Bishop Dexter Edmunds is part of the team organising the funeral. His mother grew up with Bishop Dunn, and he holds him in great regard. He told Soul Stirrings:

“Bishop Dunn was uniquely anointed to preach and teach the word of God.

“He was a church planter – he was also a visionary and felt the church should expand.”

He added:

“Bishop was a larger than life figure. He was also a very kind man.”

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