Six Pastors were ordained to the Gospel Ministry in East Jamaica Conference at a special service of ordination held at the Kencot Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston on July 23, 2022. The service was attended by hundreds of church leaders, family members and friends who came to give support to their pastor on this significant milestone of his life in ministry.
In his message to the ordinands, Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, highlighted three important points as he encouraged the men to be faithful to God and the ministry to which they were called.
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The top pastor of the Adventist Church in Jamaica made it plain to the young men before him that ministry would not be easy and would call for courage for them to succeed.
“You are not called to be an administrator. You are a prisoner of Jesus Christ, a slave of the most high God,” said Brown. “As you prayerfully accept ordination, this work is not for the weak or faint of heart. The ministry needs courageous, strong faithful men who like Paul, are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“Your success is going to be dependent on your relationship with God but also on the support of your spouse,” he counseled. Speaking specifically to their spouses he said, “Wives, be there to support your spouse, do not nag him too much but be a sounding board for him.”
The pastors who were ordained are:
Pastor Dane Ferguson - Golden Spring District of Churches.
Pastor Robert Francis - Yallahs District of Churches.
Pastor Darren Murphy - Everton Park District of Churches.
Pastor Romaine Richardson - Mavis Bank District of Churches.
Pastor Oshane Stewart - Hampton Court District of Churches.
The ordinands were all presented with a copy of the Bible by Pastor Meric Walker, president, East Jamaica Conference while each ordinand was presented with his ordination certificate by Pastor Joseph Smith, Ministerial Secretary, Jamaica Union Conference.
Shepherdesses Lana Brown and Monica Walker were on hand to welcome the wives to the sorority of ordained ministers’ wives and each was presented with a gift.
Other ministers officiating at the Ordination Service were: Pastors Adlai Blythe, Treasurer, Joseph Smith, Ministerial Secretary (Jamaica Union Conference) Pastors Meric Walker, president, Melvin Francis, executive secretary, Alanzo Whyte, ministerial secretary (East Jamaica Conference).