Harbour Heights SDA Church set to be accepted into the sisterhood of Churches
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Thursday, March 8, 2018
The number of churches in East Jamaica Conference will be increased by one when the official vote to include the Harbour Heights SDA Church into the sisterhood of churches is taken at the next Conference Session scheduled for June 18 – 19, 2018.
On February 24, 2018, a special service of thanksgiving for the newly organized church in Harbour Heights was held and there was hardly space to accommodate the faithful in the wooden structure that houses more than one hundred and sixty members who worship at the church on a weekly basis.
The three Administrators of East Jamaica Conference along with Conference directors, pastors and church members of the Harbour View SDA Church came to congratulate and celebrate with the church
on reaching this important milestone. The previous small group which turned into a branch-Sabbath has now been deemed mature enough to now stand on its own.
Conference president, Pastor Eric Nathan congratulated the church for staying the course despite the many challenges that confronted it over the years. He said it was a pleasure for him to make the recommendation for the church to be accepted into the sisterhood of churches at the next Conference session.
“It is with great pleasure and joy that I accept the request from your pastor, Pastor Lorenzo Brown, for you to be accepted into the sisterhood of Seventh-day Adventist Churches. I commend you. You look like a very healthy and well-functioning group of Seventh-day Adventists and I am grateful that you have matured into fulfilling all the expectations of what it means to be organized in the sisterhood of churches in the Seventh-day Adventist Churches, “Nathan said.
Secretary of the Conference, Pastor Linton Williams was also happy that the day had arrived when the church would begin to stand on its own and to begin a new phase in the life of the church. “We are extremely proud of the strides you have made and today, it is a proud day for us,” Williams said.
Treasurer, Elder Donmayne Gyles commended the Harbour Heights Church for the impact it had made in the community since the church started there just over eight years ago.
“You have developed to be a wonderful ministry to the community, said Gyles. “You have seen the blessings of the Lord to the overflow,” he added.
The church, which had its origins from small group meetings initiated by three members of the Harbour View SDA Church in 2009, grew from strength to strength as the pastor, leaders and members of the Harbour View church, decided to work with the Holy Spirit and take the
everlasting gospel to the previously un-entered community of Harbour Heights. The first evangelistic tent campaign in the community was conducted on January 10, 2010 by Pastor Leonard Steele, who at the time was the Health Ministries Director of the Conference. The efforts resulted in forty six persons being baptized. t
In his greetings to the church, Pastor Steele recalled his desire to start a church in the Harbour Heights community but that they were always faced with the problem of finding a suitable spot on which to plant the church.
He also made mention of the hard work and dedication of church members like Elder Devon Brown, Elaine Briscoe, Yanike Martin and others who played critical roles in mobilizing the church go into the community in the early days.
“If these folks were cowards, there wouldn’t be a Harbour Heights Church today,” Steele said.
Greetings were also brought to the church by Pastor Leabert Williams, Zone leader for the pastors in zone 1, First elder of the Harbour View Church, Elder Mark Maitland, First Elder of the Bull Bay SDA Church, Elder Damia Cross and First Elder of the Harbour Heights SDA Church, Elder Melbourne Wright.
The names of the officers chosen to form the leadership of the Harbour Heights Church were read and presented to the church by Pastor Lorenzo Brown after which special prayer was offered on their behalf.