By Neil Armstrong
Archbishop Dr. Deloris Devan Seiveright, the founder and archbishop of the Shouters National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada (NESBF), recently launched a book that chronicles her spiritual journey entitled A Quest That Ignites the Heart: A Personal Journey.
“As a child I was always curious and I recognise that where I’ve reached didn’t come just by accident. It was the divine spirit that brought me here. I had to take that walk and I thought I should document it,” said Seiveright.
Inquisitive - In the book, Seiveright talks about her family, her childhood in Jamaica and her spiritual path to becoming an archbishop. The co-founder of St. Frederic’s Cathedral, one of the first Spiritual Baptist churches in Toronto, and a licensed minister in Ontario since 1984, said she was always inquisitive and searching for what’s next.
“I’m very mystical and the things that happen in my live, especially spirituality, ignite my heart,” she said. Archbishop Seiveright oversees the Canadian Archdiocese of the NESBF. In reading her story she hopes that readers “embrace their path as I embraced my path.” Writing the book was an easy process for her as she kept journals of many events in her life.
She would write when travelling overseas and in the wee hours of the morning. Archbishop Seiveright is the recipient of many awards, including the African Canadian Achievement Award and the Racial Harmony Award, as well as leadership awards from Toronto Victims Service and Shouters NESBF.
Recently she received Badge of Honour for Long Service in Religion from the Prime Minister’s Office of Jamaica. She earned a diploma in business administration from Ryerson University in Toronto and an honorary doctorate in theology from St. Andrew Theology Seminary in London.
She has received a bachelor degree in religious education from Tyndale Seminary and a master’s degree in metaphysical science from the International University of Metaphysics in Arizona. Archbishop Seiveright is a certified counselor in general, youth and family, and has a certificate of multifaith competency from Ontario Multifaith Council