Trevor Reid balancing ministry and fatherhood
Pastor Trevor Reid, who leads the Orange circuit of Seventh-day Adventist Churches (SDA) in St James, has always made sure to set aside time for his three children even though he has served as a minister of religion across two parishes in western Jamaica for 18 years.
With Father’s Day being celebrated tomorrow, The Gleaner highlights a clergyman who balances his pastoral duties with his care and commitment to his children.
“I’ve made deliberate efforts to plan my family in my schedules. My time with my children is considered sacred, and I’ve deprived myself of needed stuff to ensure my children are taken care of as they come first in my everyday activities,” the 46-year-old Reid told The Gleaner.
Over the years, his ministerial duties with the Montego Bay-based West Jamaica Conference of SDA Churches have not been light ones. He first pastored the Seaford Town circuit of SDA Churches in Westmoreland from 2002 to 2006 then was stationed in St James, where he carried out pastoral duties at the Lottery circuit from 2006 to 2009, and later, at the Harrison circuit until 2010.
Following that, he served the West Jamaica Conference as its resident youth director until 2014, at which time he was appointed to pastor the Orange circuit.
During all this time, Reid made sure to create a balance between serving the needs of his congregation and the needs of his children – 15-year-old Carissa, 14-year-old Khara-Ann, and eight-year-old Malachi.
“Every Monday, I start visitation with my members from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., giving myself time to take my children to school and then reaching to where I should be visiting. Then I finish visitation by 2 p.m. so I can pick the kids up by 2:30 p.m., when school ends, and then I take them home and do what needs to be done so that I can be ready again to go to board meeting at 7:30 in the evening,” Reid outlined.
“I do weddings and funerals on Sundays and my regular church preaching on Sabbath (Saturday).”
Sometimes he takes his children to the board meetings, which allows them to observe first-hand what their father has to do as a church leader. He noted that balancing the time he spends between church and family requires careful planning.
Leads by example
His children certainly believe that he is doing his best for them as daughter Khara-Ann said his efforts as a family man have had a positive impact on their lives.
“He is a good disciplinarian, he is open-minded, he leads by example, he allows us to make mistakes at times, and he spends quality time with us. My father has made quite an impact on our lives and continues to do so today in so many ways,” Khara-Ann told The Gleaner. “He’s a brilliant storyteller, and he weaves the craziest of events into colourful and thrilling tales that are so detailed that I can close my eyes and relive them even now.”
Reid’s greatest aim as a father is to model a good example for his children to follow so that they can become good members of society when they grow up.
“I want them to experience true love and happiness so they can contribute good qualities to society. It is normally said that children live what they learn, and I desire to be a positive role model for my family,” said Reid.