Rev Dr Oliver Lyseight – Blue Plaque Unveiling
Friday September 20, 2013 will mark a historically important date in Wolverhampton’s history. The first unveiling of a Blue Plaque in recognition of the service of a citizen from the local Black and minority ethnic communities in the City will take place.
There will be a celebration service and Commemorative Blue Plaque unveiling ceremony for the late Rev. Dr. Oliver A. Lyseight who was a founding member and First Leader of the New Testament Church of God (UK).
Rev. Dr. Lyseight has been recognised by the Wolverhampton Civic & Historical Society for this award for his service to the New Testament Church of God and the Community at large, locally and nationally.
Dr. Lyseight was voted joint 2nd in the 100 Great Black Britons survey (2004).
Many dignitaries including the Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, Patrick Vernon OBE, David Bennett Chairman for Black Local History & Cultural Archives Project, local MPs, representatives of Wolverhampton Civic & Historical Society and leaders of the New Testament Church of God.
Various Gospel artists will be performing at the ceremony.
During Dr. Lyseight’s term in office:
- National administrative structures were put in place
- The legal and charitable status of the Church was firmly established
- Solicitors, accountants and auditors were appointed
- District/local structures were established
- Bible training institutes and regional branches were established
- Numerous church buildings/manses were purchased
- Missionaries were sent/supported in West Africa
- Scores of ministers were trained, ordained and released into ministry at home and abroad
- He was a Founding Father of the Afro West Indian United Council of Churches and a prominent voice in the work of Ecumenism in the wider church movement
- By virtue of his work, our church is now firmly established in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.