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Brian Jackson, French Polisher. After church numbers dwindled in the early seventies, the church building closed down as an Anglican place of worship in 1975. Mr Swainbanks, a local antiques dealer leased the building thereafter and operated an antiques shop from the building. The building was used for this purpose for many years. Brian Jackson worked part time for Swainbanks as a French polisher during that period.

2023

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2023

Cllr Liam Robinson, Labour Local Councillor. Opposition Labour Party Councillor Liam Robinson has held the post for more than fifteen years and visited the church when Christian Gold House Ministry took over the lease of the building in 2018. When asked why the council allowed the building to fall into disrepair without intervening, he said the council never had ownership of the building so were unable to intervene. It has always been private property. He however said there is need for local authorities to help lease owners get the funding needed to repair buildings which serve their local communities. He says he is ready to do what it takes to make that happen.

2023

Cllr Stephen Radford, Liberal Party Chairman. Councillor Stephen Radford has served as local councillor for Kensington for more than 43 years and is the longest serving councillor in the area. He is leader of the Liberal Party and holds that the church can and should continue being a hub for community activities in the area.

2023

Dr Karl Fletcher, Surveyor. A chartered surveyor, Dr Fletcher asserts that the amount of money needed to repair the church building may surpass £1 million which will be hard to find. He has done extensive studies on the structure of the building and he recommends that it shoud be demolished after serving the community for more than 153 years. The lease holders think the building can still be saved from demolition and have already spent more than £250,000 on repairs. On the day of his interview in August 2023, he came to the building with binoculars, checked the tower and church structures again and shook his head. “I still think this building should be demolished” he said matter-of-factly.

2023

Gloria Henrietta Otu, Community Resident. Christian Gold House Ministry started off as a prayer group when Pastor Sarpomg moved to Liverpool to preach the word of God. Back then, the prayer group used to hire buildings for their prayer meetings. When the prayer group eventually leased the church building, the church adopted the name for which it is now known. Gloria was one of the founding members of the prayer group.

2023

James Quainoo, CGHM Building Committee Member. Christian Gold House Ministry (CGHM) has a building management committee that was created to raise funds and supervise the vast ongoing repair works on the building. James Quainoo is a member of the building committee.

2023

Karen Heverin, Historic England. Karen Heverin works for Historic England, an executive non-departmental public body of the UK government. Its role is to preserve historic, outstanding and peculiar English designs and buildings for future generations. The church building was listed as Grade 2 by her organisation in 1975. After visiting and examining the building a few times, Karen added it to the Historic England “at risk register” in 2022. This is a listing of all designated sites known to be at risk of loss as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate management. This spotlight helps anyone managing a designated building to make it easy to raise funds for repairs which is what Rev Sarpong and his church management committee hopes happens sooner rather than later.

2023

Karen Roberts, Food Bank Volunteer. Like Marion, Karen is a volunteer on the food bank and helps the church distribute food to people on the days the food bank is open. Marion Bradshaw, Food Bank Volunteer. Marion is a volunteer on the food bank and helps the church distribute food to people on the days the food bank is open. She is also a long time resident of Kensington and attended the Anglican church services as a little girl before the church was closed down for Anglican worship in 1975.

2023

Keith Murray, Food Bank. Following the lock downs during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the difficulties people experienced, the church opened a food bank. The food bank operates twice a week (Thursday and Sunday) to offer food packages to people struggling on low incomes. The food crisis has been exacerbated by the cost of living crisis faced by the UK and most countries across the world and many more people now use the food bank on a regular basis. Keith uses the food bank occasionally.

2023

Koko Antigha, Music Teacher. Koko Antigha attended the Gilbert Deya Ministries which was closed down because of a “miracle baby” scandal and also briefly attended Christian Gold House Ministry. A music teacher, community leader and organiser, he offered dozens of people music lessons and until the Gilbert Deya ministries closed down, was one of its outstanding officials. He helped open another Pentecostal church away from the church building when it was forced to close down because of the baby scandal.

2023

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2023

Nigel Fearn, Church Friend. Nigel's great grandfather was baptised in the church in 1786. During the interview, he said he had a strong connection with his great grandfather because unlike a lot of people, he was sitting in a church he once sat in. He could connect to him spiritually. His wife pushed him to trace his family history and he says he is forever grateful that she did. Anne Fearn, Church Friend. Anne Fearn is wife to Nigel whose great grandfather was baptised in the church building in 1876, six years after the building was first used as a house of worship. An enthusiastic amateur genealogist, she encouraged and supported her husband to locate his family history through birth, death and other historical records. Using website ancestry.com and records from the Liverpool Record Office, they traced the history of Nigel's family background and one day turned up in the church to see where his great grandfather was baptised 147 years earlier. They arrived when this oral history project was being recorded and agreed to be part of the story.

2023

Pastor Richard Koomson, Church Neighbour. Pastor Richard Koomson is a close neighbour of the church and has been one for more than 15 years. His house is separated from the church by a fence. A senior pastor also from Ghana like the lead pastor, he occasionally visits the church to help with some repair work or to attend community events.

2023

Patricia Sarpong (Reynolds), Gold House Hope For All Trustee. Fondly called the “mother of the 3 Nations” Patricia Reynolds is the wife of lead pastor Rev Samuel Sarpong and mother of triplets. The children are known as the 3 Nations because she is from Jamaica, their father is from Ghana and they were born in the UK. She runs a sister charity Gold House Hope for All which organises holidays and other activities for young children from the church.

2023

Rev Samuel Sarpong, CGHM Lead Pastor. Rev Samuel Sarpong, a Ghanaian born Pentecostal pastor took over the lease of the former Christ church Kensington building in 2018 and has devoted his life to bringing the building back to community use. He had to fight a long battle with squatters who lived inside the church building after it was abandoned by the last lease holders (Gilbert Deya Ministries). When he won the court case, a massive clean-up was needed to make the place usable again. Some of his church members left because they did not think the building was safe to use. Through various grants and fund raising events, he has already spent more than £250,000 on repairs and the church building is now a far cry from the broken down structure when he took over. He has changed a lot of things in the building from the floors and some repair works on the roof. God willing he says, he will get the money needed to change the roof and other urgent repairs the building needs. It is now used as a food bank, community hub and worship centre.

2023

Rita Mendoza Saleh, Community Leader. There are many small businesses located in Kensington near the church building. Rita Mendoza Saleh owns a provision shop in the area and says the holiday activities the church provides free for parents has been a godsend and saved parents like her hundreds of pounds.

2023

Samuel Ata Sarpong, Church Choir Master. Samuel Sarpong (no relation of the lead pastor) is also from Ghana and leads the church choir made up primarily of young people between 12 and 18 years. He plays the guitar, drums and piano and says managing a choir of youngsters is as challenging as it is rewarding. He hopes to eventually open a TV station for the church so that church services can be broadcast live.

2023

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