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Mother Elfreda Francis is mourned by Ruach Church & friends

LOSS: Mother Elfreda Francis

RUACH CITY Church is mourning the passing Elfreda Elizabeth Francis, the mother of church founder Bishop John Francis. She was 94.

Mrs Francis was a pioneer of the UK black church movement.

Born in Smithville, Jamaica in 1923, Mrs Francis was raised in a Christian family. She married the late Bishop TG Francis in 1950. He was part of the great Caribbean migration to the UK during the 1950s. His wife joined him in Britain in 1953.

Bishop TG Francis founded the First Born Church of the Living God in 1956. It was first known as the Church of God. Mother Francis, as she was affectionately known, worked tirelessly alongside her husband in establishing the church, fulfilling a variety of roles alongside raising five children.

In a moving Facebook post, Bishop John Francis described his mother as “the epitome of beauty and grace” and “a prayerful woman who never ceases praying for the church”.

Mother Francis had a powerful testimony of being miraculously healed from terminal cancer in 1957 after being sent home to die. She had two more children following her healing.

In her later years, she regularly attended Ruach City Church, one of the most well know black Pentecostal churches in the UK.

Speaking of her legacy, eldest son Roy Francis, a former BBC producer stated:

“Along with my father, my mother was one of a handful of Christians who started black Pentecostal worship in this country. Her legacy are the numbers of black Pentecostal churches which exists today in this country and that are able to worship freely in their own buildings and according to their own custom and traditions.”

Mother Francis is survived by her five children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Home Going Service for Mother Elfreda Francis will be on Wednesday November 8 at Ruach City Church Kilburn location, 197-199 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7HY. Viewing: 6.30pm, Service: 7.30pm.

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