New Adventist Administration in North Jamaica Challenged to defend the vulnerable
Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:26:47 PM

Browns Town, St. Ann… Nigel Coke

 A new administration, to serve the Adventist Church’s northern region of St. Ann and Trelawny for the next four years, was installed on Saturday, February 15, 2014, during a service held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church is Brown’s Town, St. Ann.
During his address, Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists challenged the newly elected leaders to be strong in the Lord, noting that the task is a very formidable one, which demands strong and courageous leaders who will use their authority to defend the vulnerable and outcast in society.

Pastor Everett Brown, President of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (JAMU) charged the new administration of North Jamaica Conference to be strong and courageous leaders (photo by Nigel Coke)

Referencing Joshua 1:9 and Jeremiah 1:4-10, Brown declared that “Strong and courageous leaders are needed at this time in the Church to safeguard and preserve the Christian values and standards of the Church. Like Jeremiah our mandate is to tear down the strong holds of sin, the strongholds of corruption and wickedness in high places and low places. Your voice must be the voice of truth, the voice of justice and the voice of God; but you are called not only to tear down, you are called to build up and to plant. Through your leadership the hopeless must find hope as it is in Jesus. Use your authority and power not to destroy the weak and defenseless. Use your authority to empower and equip the saints to serve God and humanity. Stand up for the weak and defend the cause of the vulnerable and the outcast in society. Be humble and gentle in your service to the people of God and the people in the community you serve.”

 A corrupt and decaying society

“The task of providing leadership for the Church here in the North at this time is a very formidable one,” Brown submitted.  “As Church leaders you are called to lead people to become not merely members of the Adventist Church but followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. You have been placed in leadership at a point in time when according to the apostle Paul in 1Timothy 1:3, it is going to be ‘perilous’, and it is proving to be extremely difficult to be a Christian as we are now living in a post- modern material-driven, hedonistic, pluralistic, corrupt and decaying society.”

Pastor Karl Archer, President of the North Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists signs his Leadership Pledge during the service of installation for NJC. Witnessing the signing are (L-R): Mr. Donmayne Gyles, Treasurer of North Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NJC), Pastor Garth Geddes, Executive Secretary, NJC and Pastor Everett Brown, President of Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (JAMU) (Photo by Nigel Coke) 

Brown warned the leaders that “You will face great opposition to your leadership if you are a Christian who follows Christ and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Be bold!  Be courageous!  The God of Moses and Joshua is your God.  You are called to serve at a time when if we are not careful an influential and powerful minority group (contrary to the word of God) will seek to foist their way of life on us as normal, but we must as leaders stand up and be counted for what is right in the sight of God.  As Christian leaders we are called to love and respect our brothers and sisters within and outside the household of faith, but as leaders you cannot compromise your Christian duty to God by embracing sin.”

Those elected to serve are:

  • Pastor Karl Archer            -    President and Public Affairs & Religious Liberty
  • Pastor Garth Geddes            -    Executive Secretary and Health Ministries
  • Mr. Donmayne Gyles            -    Treasurer and Trust Services
  • Pastor Omar Oliphant         -    Adventist Youth and Communication
  • Ms. Paulette Ambursley        -    Women’s and Children’s Ministries
  • Pastor Gary Buddoo-Fletcher        -    Family Ministries and Stewardship
  • Pastor Carlington Hylton        -    Sabbath School, Personal Ministries and Ministerial

The appointment of directors for Education and Publishing Ministry will be made by the Executive Committee of the North Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The new administration was elected at the Second Quadrennial Session of the Conference, which was held February 9-10, 2014 at the Church’s Camp site in Duncans, Trelawny.

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