E. George Beason
Pastor, Singer, Song Writer and Mentor
Bishop E. George Beason is an anointed man of God. He is a Pastor, Singer, Song Writer and Mentor. He is called to preach the word of God, operating daily in a divine anointing to pastor a new generation of souls, many thought were lost for eternally. His ministry of God's word embraces a strong prophetic flow with evidence of healing and deliverance of many in his meetings. He pastored churches in High Wycombe, Nottingham, Leicester and Gloucester (serving as District Overseer in his last three pastorate.
Bishop was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in Jamaica. In 1966 he joined his mother and sister in the United Kingdom who had left a few years earlier. After two years in the UK, he fell in with a group of young men who lived a sin fuelled lifestyle and by the late 60s, he became addicted to gambling (supplying that habit by robbery and selling drugs).
In 1972, his rhythm and lead guitarists from his reggae and soul band, called “The Enterprise”, were asked to play at the New Testament Church of God in Bristol, England for a special recording with the BBC. He joined the guitarists during the practice sessions just for the fun of it. He was certainly taken aback by the love and warmth shown to him by the folks at the church, especially by the Pastor Alvin Francis and his family. He would return each Sunday for evening group practices but would never stay for any of the 6.00 PM services.
One night after rehearsal and amidst continuous pleas to attend the evening service, he decided to stay. Knowing that he sang in a band, the church took the unusual step and asked if he would sing a song. Remembering the tune of the song “How Great Thou Art”, heard as a boy in Jamaica, he requested the words and sang it. It was while singing the third verse, “And when I think, that God His Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in”, the presence of the Lord came down and he noticed that the majority of the congregation were crying and praising the Lord. Bishop Beason said, he had never felt that way in a church before. It was awesome and scary, to the point where he felt he had to leave. He was accustomed to being in gambling dens, singing at open air reggae concerts, soul concerts and night clubs, but never in a place where he felt the presence of God so powerfully.
Looking for a way of escape, he immediately suggested to his friend Smithy, the rhythm guitarist from “The Enterprise” that they should leave immediately. In the midst of that blessed hour an elderly deacon got up, walked to the front of the church and publicly called him for prayer. He reluctantly went to the altar because he did not want to publicly decline the invitation. Moreover, the dreaded power and awesome presence of God caused him to feel a sense of God ultimatum that night. He stated that the elderly deacon prayed like crazy, as if it was his last chance to extricate him from death and hell’s domain.
Whilst he was being prayed for, he asked the Lord into his life. He is glad to say that Christ has been in the driver's seat of his life ever since. He left the church at 10 p.m. that night as a New Born Child of God with joy in his soul, Jesus in his heart, Christ's robe of righteousness and has been singing redemption songs ever since. He was supposed to have met up with his then girlfriend that night for 7pm but thank God, because in staying behind for the service that night, allowed him to keep a far greater and important appointment with the Almighty God and ultimately he became a possessor of Christ's love. He has been singing and preaching the gospel ever since.
Singer and Songwriter
The Flame has ministered through song since 1972, recording professionally since 1988. Prior to this period he sung in secular bands in the late 60’s.
Both he and his music have been nominated for awards by the “In The Spirit” a Leicester BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) program. The Flame is well respected for the quality of music and songs which characterises his ministries. One can feel that in his concerts that he is singing from his heart and his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. The music and worship that characterise his ministry touches the hearts of individuals all over the world. His style is unique as his soulful voice presents a message that pervades one’s soul and spirit. The freedom of worship in his music/concerts and the joy in his songs always bring the listener to a place of hope and encouragement often resulting in life changes.
The Flame has recorded great cover songs such as, “Sometimes Hallelujah” the title song of his first album. This was nominated for an award by the BBC program “In The Spirit”.
“How Great Thou Art” was the song he was singing at the time of his conversion which he was privileged to sing on Central TV, a part of the national ITV network watched by 11 million people
Regardless of your music preference, you will find something in The Flame’s recordings that will touch your heart, lift your spirit and bring you into the presence of God. His versatility is conspicuous to all, as his album and style encapsulate the whole spectrum from Country, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Ragga, DJ, James Brown, Ballad, Dancehall and the one he always stated that he himself invented, “Desert”.
The Flame by the leading of the Holy Spirit has written a number of songs including “What Do You Want?” and “Real Meaning to Life”, not to mention ten of the songs on his album “Calling The God Squad”. He has written a lot more songs on his later albums.
Since his recording debut, The Flame has been on stage with many international and national gospel artists such as Ronald Winans, Lt Stitchie, Carlene Davis, Liz Mitchell from Boney M, Hopeton Lewis as well as secular Reggae artists such as King Sounds, Owen Grey, Nigel & Marvin Lewis, Calypso Rose - the list goes on …….
Bishop Beason has served over five years on the Executive Committee of The Race Relations Council and also served on the Regional Education Committee for the Commission for Racial Equality. His involvement led him to speak on the subject of Equal Opportunity at schools and large conglomerates and corporations. He was involved in the fight against racial discrimination in the housing departments which eventually gave birth to the City’s Black Housing Association movement in the City of Nottingham. His involvement was also striking in the eighties, when the suspension of black children in Nottingham schools had risen to such an alarming proportion. He is still involved with school suspensions, seeking to alleviate the unnecessary suspension of disadvantaged and disenfranchised black youths.
In the 1980s, Bishop Beason frequently took part airing his views, on National TV shows programme, “The Time and the Place” and the BBC, Dulcie Dixon’s popular gospel radio show which airs across the Midlands. He has been called upon several times, by both the BBC and Central TV, for his views on issues of violence and gun crimes. He is involved with other churches, leading prayer vigils across the city, as he believes that the answer lies not in different organisational groups but in the return to spiritual values and God into our community, schools and universities.
A Family Man
He was married to Blossom Beason who sadly passed away after 34 years and ten months. They were blessed with two highly accomplished girls Simone and Melissa. His children are very active in both his church, singing as well as prison ministry. His first wife has gone on to be with the Lord. He has since married – sadly that marriage did not last.