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Adventists ordain five ministers to further the Gospel

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Pastor Eric Nathan (second left), president of the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (EJC), presents a copy of the Bible to Pastor Roman Smith while, looking on (from left) are Pastor Carl Cunningham, Sabbath School and Personnel Ministries Director of EJC and Pastor Linton Hamilton.

As the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Jamaica continues its mission of spreading the Gospel of Salvation to all mankind, four ministers were set apart for service to God and His Church.

During a special Service of Ordination, Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Adventist Church in Jamaica, reminded the ministers that "a call to ministry is a call to sacrifice and service".

"Pastors, you are ordained to serve in a ministry that will require you to make sacrifice. Selflessness and humility characterised the ministry of Jesus, and as ministers of Christ, selflessness and humility must also characterise your ministry. Jesus is your example," said Brown.

Brown also reminded the ordinands to lift up Jesus in their preaching.

"Always remember, my brothers, that pastors are ordained and set apart primarily to preach and teach the Gospel. The preaching of the Gospel is a given for every ordained minister, however, as you lift up Jesus Christ in your ministry, I urge you, do not be concerned about the 'how' of preaching. Rather, be concerned about the 'what' of preaching and the 'who' of preaching. Preach the doctrines. Lift up the saviour, Jesus the Christ, in your preaching," admonished Brown.

The service was held at the Kencot Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kingston on December 17.

The ordinands were also presented with a copy of the Bible by president of the Adventist Church's eastern region, Pastor Eric Nathan.

 

Ordained ministers:

 

- Howard Smith - pastor of the Halls Delight District of Churches

- Romean Smith - pastor of the August Town District of Churches

- Carl Brooks - pastor of the Golden Spring District of Churches

- Linton Hamilton - pastor of the Yallahs District of Churches

- Anthony Baugh - pastor of the Johnson Town District of Churches