At the last Executive Committee Meeting held on May 16, 2023, President of East Jamaica Conference, Pastor Meric Dale Walker recommended new changes to the pastoral arrangement due to the retirement of Pastor Alton Heslop and the migration of pastors Marvin Chin and Darren Murphy to other fields.
The recommendations were subsequently voted and accepted by the Executive Committee and will take effect on July 1, 2023.
The new changes are as follows :-
Pastor Adolphus Smith who currently serves as pastor of the Harbour View District of churches will assume leadership of the Regent Street District of churches as the current pastor will be retiring as of July 1, 2023. The Regent Street District of churches is comprised of the Regent Street, Trench Town and Whitfield Town Churches.
Pastor Smith’s relocation from the Harbour View District of churches will create a vacancy which will be filled by Pastor Desmond Clarke who currently serves as pastor of the Woodford District of Churches. The Harbour View district includes the Harbour View, Bull Bay, Greenvale View and Harbour Heights churches.
Pastor Desmond Clarke’s relocation from Woodford will create a vacancy which will be filled by Pastor Mickel Allen who currently serves as Associate pastor at the Macedonia District of Churches. Pastor Allen will be the new pastor of the Woodford District of churches which include the Woodford, Norbrook, Maryland and Irish Town SDA Churches.
The Arnold Road Church has been realigned with the North Street Church and will be served by one pastor, Pastor Howard Smith. Pastor Leonard Steele who currently serves as pastor of the Arnold Road SDA Church has been reassigned to the Constant Spring District of Churches which includes the Constant Spring and Whitehall Avenue SDA Churches.
The August Town District which includes the August Town, Bedward Gardens and Goldsmith Villa Churches will receive a new pastor in the form of Pastor Michael Junior as the current pastor will be leaving us for another field.
The vacancy created by the departure of Pastor Michael Junior will be filled by Pastor Lascelles Morris who will now be the new pastor of Seaforth District of churches in St. Thomas which include the Seaforth, Trinityville, Danvers’ Pen, Hill Side Co., Thornton and White Hall Churches.