How to contact the Heritage Centre:

Phone:01604 824233/8 Ext 223

Email: phyllis.thompson@nullntcg.org.uk

Address: The Heritage Centre, New Testament Church of God, 3, Cheyne Walk, Northampton NN1 5PT

Roswith Gerloff Collection

Roswith Gerloff aboard the Mayflower II April 20, 2002, photo by Dan Nicholas.

Dr Roswith Gerloff, (1933-2013) produced some influential work on the social, cultural and missiological merit of the African Caribbean Diaspora contribution to Black Pentecostalism in Britain and the Christian faith. These include: Mission is Crossing Frontiers: Essays in Honour of Bongani Mazibuko (Dec 2003) and  A Plea for British Black Theologies, Volumes 1 and 2: The Black Church Movement in Britain in Its Transatlantic Cultural and Theological Interaction with … Oneness (Apostolic) and Sabbatarian Movements (Nov 2010) .

Our collection includes photographs, letters, reports and other audio/visual material reflecting the realities of the past and insights for the present and future.

Her resources bring significant scope to the material in the Heritage Centre and the opportunities on offer for research and learning about the development of African Caribbean Pentecostalism. They also identify the emergence of Black Majority Churches (outside the historic denominations) and their contribution to Christianity, Pentecostalism and Ecumenism.

How to get involved:

  • donate personal or family papers (letters, diaries, un/published writings, audible and visible records) about the history of the New Testament Church of God in the UK e.g. mission and migration stories/photos.
  • donate Church programmes, significant sermons, newsletters etc.
  • offer a copy of relevant thesis/publications.
  • give monetary donations.
  • volunteer time and skills eg. research, oral history, archiving, fundraising.
  • participate in a collaborative Distance learning course at the University of Leicester in alignment with the purposes of the mission and vision of the Heritage Centre. For further information contact: Robin Clarke, Course Director 0116 252 3973 or Phyllis Thompson (Heritage Centre Administrator).
  • visit the Centre – we welcome individual and group visits by appointment, between 12:00-6:30pm on Thursdays.  

‘We believe that in the long term, the archive will provide a valuable resource for academic research as well as for members of the Church and the general public.’ – Professor Jon Stobart, the University of Northampton

Read what others have said about their visit:

“The vision of this inspirational centre is outstanding. It will give insight into our history – the struggles and the triumphs, the present, the motivation and challenges and the future, our hopes and aspirations. So thrilled that the legacy of the founding fathers and all those who have followed will be preserved and passed onto generations to come. May the Lord bless the current leadership for their insight and vision.’    Evadney and Lloyd Ellis

Congratulations for establishing the Heritage Centre and the Roswith Gerloff Collection. We have a heritage to celebrate that has helped to shape Christianity in the UK and worldwide.’ Dr Dulcie Dixon

This is an excellent legacy. Rev Phyllis Thompson and her team have done exemplary service for the NTCG and the kingdom of God.’ – Dr Chris Maunder

What a joy to be part of such an amazing journey. I feel like I had a fresh anointing just walking around and sharing with our tour guide: Sis Sadie. My spirit is refreshed. A day well spent. Thanks to all who took time out to let this happen.’ – Rev Florence Whittingham

Enjoyed looking at my history.’ – Zara Bailey-Maxwell

Fabulous staff. Honoured to be here.’ – John and Elizabeth Combe

Very impressed with the great achievement…. Makes me feel very proud as a member of the body of Christ.’ – Sis Merdella Gutherie

The Roswith Gerloff  archive is a vital resource for understanding significant developments within religion in Britain in the twentieth century and beyond. I am grateful for the NTCG for making this available.’ – Dr John Maiden 

 ‘A walk down memory lane to see old friends, teachers, mentors, spiritual guides….Thank you all for making it happen. We have documented for the future lest they forget. Well done.’ – Decima Francis

‘My first visit to the Heritage Centre and it’s great to get a better understanding of your history and organisation.’ – Frances Neal

‘Amazing insight into the Church history.’ – Andrea Hines-Waysome

‘My first visit to the Heritage Centre. An amazing resource and a wonderful opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the history of the New Testament Church of God. It’s been a great visit.’– Lloyce McLaren