Bishop Dr. Esme Beswick MBE, is a founding member and President of the Joint Council of Churches for All Nations (JCCAN) formerly the Joint Council of Anglo Caribbean Churches (JCACC). Esme is a graduate of the Central Bible Institute and studied Liberation Theology at the London University (Extra Mutual studies). At present, Bishop Dr. Esme Beswick, is the Principal for the Joint Council of Churches for All Nations (JCCAN) – School of Theology, Management and Leadership. She has over 49 years as a Pastor working in Brixton and Stockwell in the London Borough of Lambeth and at present, she is the Senior Pastor of Nebaioth Ministries in Stockwell, London.
Bishop Dr. Beswick is a well known Ecumenist. She has served at the highest level in the ecumenical field. She has served as Chair of the Brixton Council of Churches, Borough Dean of Lambeth, Agenda Committee member of the British Council of Churches, Steering Committee member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Bishop Dr. Esme Beswick became the first black woman to hold the position as President of the Churches Together in England, a presidency which she held for four years. She represents the Black Majority Churches, the Lutheran Churches, the Orthodox Churches and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). A former President of the Christian and Muslim Forum and at present, an honorary President of the Christian and Muslim Forum. Bishop Dr. Beswick has also served on the Inner Cities Religious Council for a number of years.
Bishop Dr. Beswick participated at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Golden Jubilee Service at Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel in 2002, where she co-signed the first covenant committing English Church Leaders to working together in the presence of her Majesty The Queen.
Bishop Dr. Esme Beswick has participated in the Enthronement Services of two Archbishops held at Canterbury Cathedral, the Rt. Hon. George Carey and the Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams. Bishop Dr. Beswick is a sitter at the National Portrait Gallery since 2005 in the Church Leaders Section. Her biography can be seen in the prestigious Debrett’s Annual Publication.
Her ministry as taken her to many countries around the world. Jamaica,America,Israel,Nigeria,St.Vincent,Russia,France,Germany Italy,Greece, and Finland
She is married to Revd Herbert Beswick. Together they are blessed with four children, Derick, Mark, Michelle and Sharon and nine grandchildren.