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South Carib welcomes eight ministers to ordained ministry


The South Caribbean Conference in collaboration with the Caribbean Union Conference held a grand Convention and Ordination service at the Centre Point Mall, Chaguanas, Trinidad on January 13th, 2018. Under the theme 'Transformed for Service,' the day consisted of a Convention during the Sabbath morning session while the Ordination Service in the afternoon eight ministerial ministers and workers were dedicated to the work of Adventist Ministry.

The day's service was attended by representatives of all churches across the island country of Trinidad which included the solemn service of dedication to the ministry of eight ministerial teams. The speaker for the Divine Service was Dr Herman Davis of the General Conference who shared insights on the topic "Nobodies and Somebodies".

During the evening service, the solemn task of laying on hands was conducted on eight ordinands which included the Treasurer of the Caribbean Union Conference, Elder Bertie Henry.  Elder Henry has been involved in the Adventist work for over 20 years in several business administrative positions while very active in soul-winning ministry. Upon his ordination, he is now assigned as Associate Pastor of the Maraval church.

The district pastors ordained to gospel ministry were Ps Cliffmond Shameerudeen (Felicity District) who has served the church both locally and General Conference level,  Dr Chanchal Gayen of the University of the Southern Caribbean and district pastors Brendon Thomas (Malabar district), Jeston Alexis (La Brea district), Cordelle Williams (St Cocoville district), Kirt James (St. Mary's district) and Prince Carew (Five Rivers district). 

A number dignitaries were in attendance at the invitation style event, representing the General Conference, Caribbean Union officials and other field representatives from the Grenada Conference - Dr Clinton Lewis, Tobago Mission - Pastor Toney Mapp,  Guyana Conference - Pastor Evert James and East Caribbean Conference, Pastor R. Danforth Francis.

This ordination service was unique as the ordinand's places of birth included Guyana, Antigua, India and Trinidad. One of the highlights of the programme was the special music item delivered by a group of nine ministers led by Ps. Garvin Paul and including Union President Dr Kern Tobias and newly retired Union Secretary Pastor Cyril Horrel, singing the well-known song "Daystar'. Indeed a humorous murmur could be heard as these men of God made their way to the stage and belted out the words "Daystar shine down on me, let your love shine through me in the night'. The rousing amen and affirmation showed singing and preaching are in good hands.

After a tearful invocation that the Spirit of God would express the words, the ordination sermon was delivered by Dr Tobias whose shared thoughts on the theme of being a 'right-hearted shepherd'. This message, while intended for the ordinands was greeted with rapt attention by the audience, after which the prayer of ordination was offered by Union Secretary, Pastor Johnson Frederick. The newly ordained ministers and their families were welcomed into ordained ministry by Caribbean Union's Ministerial Secretary Ps Andrew Farrel with greetings from both Union and Conference presidents and their wives. 

We thank God for these families and their service of ministry to the cause of God.

 

2018-01-21


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