God in the midst of all things - balancing church and work
He is a man who is a stickler for quality. He balances a busy schedule carrying out church duties, working and spending quality time with his family.
Paul McLeod is a 30-year-veteran in the hospitality industry who strongly believes in giving one's best in all areas of life.
McLeod is a minister at the Spicy Hill Pentecostal Church in Trelawny and credits his penchant for quality and stability in his life to the intimate relationship he shares with Jesus Christ.
He brings this to bear in everything he does, which is with a spirit of excellence. McLeod is a receiving supervisor at the Montego Bay-based Secrets Resorts and Spas. "Secrets is the best and they are an excellent company to work for. They treat the staff very well and I like that," said McLeod.
Whatever goods he receives must be of the highest standard. "I receive fruits and vegetables, poultry, beverages and dry goods. I also deal with the farmers who come to sell their produce, and it makes me feel good that I can assist them to get their products accepted by the hotel. If I see something that is not right, I try to guide them to get their produce up to the standard, and they always respond in a positive way," explained McLeod.
McLeod attributes his work discipline to his Christian principles. "Christianity in the home creates good homes, which creates great communities and a better society overall," he asserted.
The husband and father of two sons spends long days at work, starting from 7 a.m. until 5 or 6 p.m. However, his family and church life are not suffering because he has learnt how to create the perfect balance.
A Christian for 45 years
"I have been a Christian for 45 years and have been serving as a minister for 20 years so my life is bound with Christ and the Church, so whatever I do is translated from that. I believe in work, so I know I have a duty to perform. McLeod balances his five-day work week and reserves his weekends for his family.
He indicated, however, that his church life does not only hinge on a Sunday, when he teaches Sunday school and participates in baptisms. He also assists in conducting funerals and other rites of the church.
Quality time with his family is a must for McLeod, who has been married for 30 years. He believes that a man must ensure that his family is not only cared for, but is led on a Godly path, and so he does what he says is everything to ensure that his family is anchored in Christ.
His eldest son is now completing medical school and the younger and his wife also work in the tourism sector.
McLeod said he is satisfied with where he is in his life. "I have the best job, I praise God, and I have a wonderful family," he stated.