Rev Dr. Jeremiah McIntyre was born in Monique, St James, Jamaica on the 1st July 1931. Dr. McIntyre was converted at age 19 and immigrated to England in 1956. He pastored 5 churches by the age of twenty five (1950- 1956). From his arrival it was known that his passion was evangelism and church planting. By 1957 he was a licensed minister and ordained in 1964.
Dr. McIntyre was the driving force behind many small groups who sought to establish themselves as a church. Under his leadership churches were organised in Bolton, Crewe, Liverpool, Oldham, Preston and Southampton. After a successful twenty years of evangelism and church planting in the UK, he immigrated to Canada in 1976 and successfully organised churches in Montreal and Ottawa (French speaking cities). To enable him to communicate effectively with the French speaking Canadians, Dr McIntyre undertook the task of learning to speak French.
Appointment to National Overseer
At the General Assembly of 1978, Dr. McIntyre was appointed National Overseer of NTCG England & Wales. During his tenure, he was responsible for organising the first Scottish Church of God in Edinburgh. The Metro Churches were also established for the cross-cultural section of the Church of God in the UK. Dr. McIntyre introduced the Church to Dennis James Kennedy’s “Evangelism Explosion” and vigorously pursued its objectives to win the lost for Christ.
Dr. McIntyre was instrumental in the purchase of the prestigious property at Overstone Park, Northamptonshire for the sum of £154,000. This was purchased for a Bible College and convalescent home for members of the Church of God. It became the home of the Administrative Office of the NTCG England & Wales, Overstone Theological College and partleased to Abbeyfield Dorcas Residential Care Homes for the elderly. The leaders then took the shrewd move of selling a portion of the land to Henrietta Franklyn, for £185,000 on the 11 October 1990.
- The purchase of the Overstone property was a major achievement with which he will always be associated.
- During his tenure he organised seven churches (totalling 94), seven missions (totalling 16), membership increased by 2097 (to 7006), Sunday Schools increased by 11 (to 110), Family Training Hour by 2 (to 85), Ladies Ministries by 5 (to 83), and value of assets increased by £1,774,806.00 (to £2,830.055).
- Under his leadership a number of members both locally and internationally received their ministerial licences.
- Finally, Dr. McIntyre was a catalyst in the Church of God.
Dr. McIntyre was caring, honest and trusting; a man of integrity, profound lover of the Word, a great preacher, visionary leader and a powerful man of God.