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Dr Patricia Holness is new chair of National Religious Media Commission

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Patricia Holness

Former head of the Registrar General's Department Dr Patricia Holness is the new chairman of the National Religious Media Commission (NRMC), owners and operators of LOVE 101 FM and LOVE TV.

Holness assumed the position by virtue of rotation as she now serves as head of the Jamaica Pentecostal Union (Apostolic) JPUA, which is one of six church groups that own and operate the NRMC.

Her appointment, which was effected on January 11, 2018, will last for two years - to January 2020. She takes over from the Reverend Karl Johnson, secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union.

Minister Claudia Ferguson, who has served on the NRMC board for the past 18 years and who was also appointed company secretary on January 11, has welcomed Holness to the position.

"We are privileged to have Dr Holness as our chairman as she comes to the position with a wealth of managerial and leadership knowledge having served in various government, corporate and Church leaderships over the past 30 years," Ferguson said. "She is known to be a family-oriented person who motivates people and is driven by high moral standards. We look forward to benefiting from her expertise."

Holness is an accountant by profession. She is the assistant pastor at First Vision Apostolic Ministries. She also serves as chairman of the Jamaica Council in Persons with Disabilities and serves as a justice of the peace for St Catherine. In 2009, she was recognised by the Government of Jamaica for outstanding service to the public service and was awarded the Order of Distinction in the class of Commander.

"I give our Lord Jesus thanks for the opportunity to serve as chairman of the NRMC in this rotation among church leaders," said Holness.

"I look forward to the success of LOVE FM as we dedicate ourselves as a team and participate in God's favour."

Last September, the NRMC, which this year celebrates 25 years, appointed Coleen Beckles, who has been with the organisation from its inception, as the new general manager of LOVE 101 FM, succeeding Moya Thomas, who resigned to pursue personal interests.

The NRMC comprises the Church of God of Jamaica, the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance, the Jamaica Council of Churches, the Jamaica Pentecostal Union (Apostolic), the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Jamaica Pentecostal Association.