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"Pembroke Hall Church is planted by the Lord", says Walker

The Pembroke Hall Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) is the latest Church to be organized in the East Jamaica Conference (EJC) following a special organization service held on May 28, 2022.

Communication Director| Phillip Castell

The Pembroke Hall Seventh-day Adventist Church  (SDA) is the latest Church  to be organized  in the East Jamaica Conference (EJC)  following a special organization service  held on May 28, 2022. The church will be officially be adopted in the sisterhood of churches  at the Sixth Quadrennial Session scheduled to take place  on June 19 - 20, 2022 at the Kencot SDA Church. 


The change in status will cause the  number of organized churches in the Conference  to move from 97 to 98  while the total number of churches, companies and branch Sabbath Schools in the Conference remains at 104. 


The service was held on the upper flour of the Mae’s Building  complex    located at 43 A Caincurran Drive in Pembroke Hall, Kingston 20 which was purchased through the kind assistance  of the Jamaica Union Conference and the Inter-American Division  just over two years ago.  The building is also strategically positioned in the heart of the  neighbourhood.

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Pastor Meric Walker, Executive Secretary JAMU and speaker for the Special Organizing service of the Pembroke Hall Church :: Photo credit: Phillip Castell

“ I say to you that the Adventist Church in Pembroke  Hall  is not by my planting, it is not Pastor Kevin Whyte’s  planting, it is not the planting of any person but it is the planting of the Lord and this church militant  in Pembroke Hall will be the church triumphant and today we have absolutely about God’s Church anywhere because the Lord is her leader and she will conqurer by faith”


In 2014, the church in East Jamaica Conference launched its Metro Mission 14  Hope for the City  (MM14) Mega campaign initiative  and was intended to target the largest urban populated regions  in Jamaica under the initiative  ‘Hope for the Big Cities’ under the leadership of the then president  of the Conference, Pastor Adrian Cotterell. 


According to the history of  the church that was read by  Carol Hunter, Elder of the Pembroke Hall SDA Church, Pastor Meric Walker and Pastor Kevin White rose up with a few men from Zone 3 and ventured into Pembroke Hall  as part of the MM14 intitiave that was undertaken by the Conference.  

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President of East Jamaica Conference, Pastor Eric Nathan, (Extreme Right) go through a litany with Board Members and leaders of the Pembroke Hall Church during the special organization service on May 28, 2022. :: Photo credit: Phillip Castell

“The pastors entered the Pembroke Hall area,  pitched a tent, sanctified and blessed it”, and at the end of their campaign eighty six persons were baptized.  The tent campaign began on May 3, 2014 . The two pastors were not alone but were supported  in this venture by Pastors Manley Phillips and Holland Thompson with the support of the Washington Gardens, Balcolme Drive, White Hall Aveue, Meadowvale and New Haven Churches. 


Walker  was candid when he shared   that the church had experienced many challenges in its eight year existence including finding a place to worship and identifying someone to lead the church. “ Pembroke  Hall  has not been a bed of rose” he said. “I had some sleepless nights trying to find a leader to take the rein, but one night I got a vision and the Lord directed me to Carol Hunter. ”

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A view of the congregation. :: Photo credit: Phillip Castell

Pastor Walker reminded the church why it was planted ,”  This church was planted to establish a ministry in Pembroke Hall that no other can give but the Advent Church”.  The preacher of righteousness  encouraged the church members to  fortify their minds with the Word of God so that when the challenges of life come, they will be “rooted and grounded in Christ who is the solid rock.” 


Church pastor for the Pembroke Hall Church and Meadowvale Church, Pastor Melvin Francis was  more than happy that the day had come when the church would change its status and be  recognized as a church. “Truly it is a delight for us to be here in God’s presence. This is the day we have come to organize this church and what a blessing it has been  for the  saints who have laboured, toiled and worked for the upliftment of the Kingdom. Today God has smiled on us.”


For Pastor Linton Williams, secretary of  East Jamaica Conference it was an exciting time for the church. “This is a wonderful time for the church  because for many  years, we had been planning to have a church in the Pembroke Hall area. This is wonderful for the  Washington Gardens Church, the Meadowvale, White Hall Avenue, Balcombe Drive and the New Haven Church, to know that your work did not go in vain and that there is now a church in the Pembroke Hall area. This is real history in the making.”


For Pastor Kevin White, the preacher who was used by God as his mouth piece to  raise up this new congregation, it was shear joy to see what God had done over the years.


“ This is a very momentous occasion,” White said  when he brought greetigs to the church.  “I am always awestruck that God  can choose us fallible human beings to shear in His  cause and to play our part in the building up of his Kingdom here on earth and to hasten his coming.” 


Scores of church leaders and members from the five churches that participated in the original campaign,  were present  to witness the new church board and leaders takethis historic event which was  supervised by EJC president, Pastor Eric Nathan.   The special prayer for the newly organised church was done by Pastor Leonard Steele, Health Ministries Director of the Conference. 


In keeping with their new status and responsibilty books associated with church record keeping were presented to the church First Elder and Church Clerk  by Elder Michael Porteous, Treasurer of the Conference.


“It is our desire for the Administration and the Conference to see Pembroke Hall continue in good health  and to continue to prosper,” said Porteous.  “And so the gift we have brought today is that which will strengthen her foundation, her effective operations and with God’s blessing she will  have a successful ministry.”


President of East Jamaica Conference  Pastor Eric Nathan  already has high hopes for the church to grow and impact the community  positively and he opened the invitation for members in the neighbouring churches of Meadowvale, Washington Gardens and New Haven SDA Church who are not actively involved in ministry to come over and hip build the Pembroke Hall church to bolster the leadership of the church.


“We have a problem now in the city to find space and  to build churches and so with the help of our treasurer, I am looking forward to see a great edifice  as we seek to transform this place to make it a center of influence to minister to the people now and in the future.”


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