Historic Deacons and Deaconesses Meeting Called to Establish Association in EJC
Written by: Phillip Castell, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Director | Friday, July 12, 2019
The Ministerial Department of East Jamaica Conference under the leadership of Pastor Leabert Williams, Ministerial Secretary, hosted a historic deacons and deaconesses Seminar on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Kencot Multipurpose Building.
The seminar was conducted primarily to achieve two objectives. Firstly, to provide training for these groups of officers. The participants were enlightened about their roles and responsibilities during the training aspect of the seminar. The topic ‘Biblical Qualifications of the Deacon and Deaconess’ was addressed by Pastor Linton Williams, Executive Secretary, East Jamaica Conference. Dr. Joseph Smith, Ministerial Secretary, Jamaica Union Conference, explored the ‘Responsibilities of the Deacon and Deaconess’. Dr. Eric Nathan, President, East Jamaica Conference presented on ‘Spiritual Life of the Deacon and Deaconess’.
Secondly, to establish a Deacons and Deaconesses’ Association in East Jamaica Conference. A Special Committee was elected to begin the process of drafting a constitution that will be used to guide the establishment and operation of the Deacons and Deaconesses’ Association.
The 231 deacons and deaconesses who participated were motivated and empowered to execute their responsibilities. Cleon Merchant of the Ephesus SDA Church said, “The meeting was well-needed and inspirational as well as refreshing”. Kenneth Phillips of the Rollington Town SDA Church said “It was long in coming” and committed to work with the association. The head deaconess of Gordon Town SDA Church, Patricia Powell, acknowledged that the meeting was informative and expressed optimism that there would be improvement in the relevant areas of her life and service.