Governor General's awardee ordained as pastor
On the heels of receiving the Governor General's Award for Excellence for the parish of St Mary, Pastor Gordon Lindsay, was among five Adventist ministers who were set aside for the gospel ministry during an ordination service held at the Port Maria Seventh-day Adventist Church in St Mary on Saturday.
Lindsay, who serves as youth ministries director for the North East Jamaica Conference and pastor of the Dover District of Churches, was among 15 Jamaicans from the county of Middlesex who were recognised by the governor general at the annual Governor General's Achievement Awards in late June.
Through his office as youth ministries director, Lindsay has built a strong relationship with numerous communities and groups, impacting many lives outside of the pews. He is a volunteer chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who has utilised his community-relations skills and projects for youth development. He coordinates the Pringle Children's Home Development Initiative and involved in IMPACT ANNOTTO BAY, which are counselling and hosting empowerment sessions for young people aimed at reducing crime and violence.
"My call to ministry is a continuous call to God's seeking to save me," said Lindsay. "It's not just the burden of seeking to lead others to Christ, but that I, too, may be saved in God's kingdom. It is indeed humbling to know God chose me for such a great task. I am indeed passionate in seeking to reflect the grace that He has flooded my soul with. I seek to love God supremely and love His people dearly."
The other ministers who were ordained are Carl E. A. Brown, who currently serves as pastor of the Guy's Hill/Gayle district of churches and was fortunate to have celebrated his birthday on the same day as his ordination; Danielo Daniels, who pastors the Islington district of churches; Dwayne Marson, pastor of the Windsor district of churches, and Uwayne Orr, also a birthday celebrant on his day of ordination and who serves as district pastor of the Manchioneal/Zion Hill district of churches.
In his charge to the ordinands, Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, called for the pastors to hold on to God and to remain connected to Him through the study of the word and prayer.