bishop & mother edmund
For over fifty years, the late Bishop Gerald and Pastor Sweedie Edmund faithfully and impeccably served both the local church, Bethel Church Bristol, the Southwestern District of Churches and the Bethel United National Church. Their collective love and support in ministry fostered and produced many sons and daughters in the faith through churches birthed under their leadership in the cities of Trowbridge, Gloucester, Cardiff, Southampton, London/Forest Gate, and Reading. From humble beginnings in the early 1960s in Bristol, England, they convincingly preached the gospel of Jesus Christ with the evidence of souls being saved and delivered through their powerful ministry.
Bishop Gerald Edmund, hailing from the parish of New Hall District in Mandeville, was a young minister full of the power of God, migrating to England where, under the covering of the late Presiding Bishop Sydney A. Dunn, he became a force in the establishment of the Bethel United National Church, serving as the General Secretary. His service, especially with his laying on of hands anointing, birthed many souls into the Kingdom while empowering churches both in England, Jamaica and the United States.
Pastor Sweedie Edmund hailing from the parish of St. Mary in Jamaica, continued the great Apostolic legacy of her parents, Bishop Christine and Bishop Charles Walsh, and the vibrant ministry of the Shiloh Apostolic Churches of Jamaica. Migrating to England, God directed her life path to intersect with her husband Bishop Gerald Edmund to form a dynamic ministry team. With her own unique preaching and teaching ministry, Pastor Sweedie’s love for the word of God and the deliverance of souls was evident, especially during her Retreat Ministry season. Pastor Sweedie also became a leading force in the Women’s Department, both nationally and internationally.
Mother Edmund fell asleep on the 1st of February 2016; Bishop Edmund went home to glory later in the same year, on the 19th of October. Together, both Bishop Gerald and Pastor Sweedie Edmund have left an indelible imprint on the history and legacy of the Bethel United Churches in England, Europe and overseas. Their love for people, and care for the work of God, will never be forgotten as part of the founding pioneers of the work in England.