The History of the Church


The Assemblies of the First Born UK came into being when men of like vision, travelling thousands of miles across the sea, primarily to make a better life for themselves, realised that God had put together a wonderful plan for the redemption of lost souls, and this plan included them.

Bro Thomas Cooper and Bro Charles Wright had made the first transition to England together in 1954.  Bro Hubert Maxwell had also come over and was living in Nottingham.  Bro Cooper had been worshipping with others until he decided to hold a prayer meeting at Upperdale Road, Derbyshire.  He then made contact with Bro Maxwell, who with his wife, joined the prayer group.  This grew and Cavendish Hall in Corporation Road, Derbyshire was rented for worship.






At the same time over in London, Bro Charles Wright was being led of the Lord to start holding prayer meetings at his home.  Bro Wright was contacted by the others in Derby and, with other brethren from London, regularly attended services in Derby.  During this time there was a lot of growth and interest in the work.  Eventually, at a meeting held in Birmingham, it was decided that the church be set up officially and it was formally launched in Derby in 1961 by Pastors, Cooper, Maxwell and Wright with the support of their wives. They were later joined by Pastor Tilman Harris, Pastor Chambers then Pastor Alan Bell. The General Overseer for the church in Jamaica (Elder Jeremiah Bryson) was invited and the Assemblies of the First Born in the United Kingdom became official.  With the work progressing well, a decision was made to appoint Pastor Wright as the General Overseer for the UK, assisted by Pastor Chambers.




The Late Bishop Charles Samuel Wright, General Overseer of the Assemblies of the First Born from 1961-2017.




 Mr Harricot, Tilman Harris, Thomas Cooper, Herbert Maxwell, Charles Wright, Cornelius Williams
Mr Whittick, Mr Anglin, Simeon Chambers, Mr Headley, Allan Bell, Mr White
(Some of these men are now deceased.)


The church grew not only numerically, but nationally as the body began to spread throughout the country.  However, it was not only in the UK that the Lord was blessing the work.  In 1982 Overseer Wright was called to America by Evangelist I Richards, who, leaving England to reside in New York, had started a church and now wanted to affiliate with the Assemblies of the First Born UK.

This led to the launch of the First Assemblies of the First Born church in the United States and placed under the leadership of Pastor Meakley, until the will of God was sought regarding a Pastor. Shortly afterwards Overseer Wright was introduced to Pastor Canute Cohen and wife.  On meeting him, Overseer felt led of the Lord to invite Pastor Cohen to take local responsibility for the church in Remsen Avenue and the church he was pasturing in White Plains, New York, also became affiliated to the Assemblies of the First Born, UK.  Later Evangelist Richards moved to live in Fort Lauderdale in Miami, Florida and started the work there.

The Assemblies of the First Born church now has churches throughout the UK and in the USA.


I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:14)

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