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'Herro Blair most admired clergyman'
published: Tuesday | March 21, 2006


BLAIR

PARTICIPANTS IN a Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll conducted earlier this month have voted Bishop Herro Blair the most admired church leader in Jamaica today.

Bishop Blair, pastor of the Faith Cathedral Delive-rance Centre, located at 104 Waltham Park Road, St. Andrew, who is also the country's Political Ombuds-man, was the runaway winner with 22 per cent of the 1,008 respondents.

When contacted by The Gleaner yesterday, Bishop Blair, said: "I hate when polls are done with regards to pastors; it brings us too close to politicians."

The Political Ombudsman added that while appreciation for one's work should be appreciated, it must be done with humility.

MAJORITY RUN

Bishop Blair, who has been a pastor for 38 years, said he could not see why he was voted the most admired, but pledged to continue to fulfil his spiritual mandate for church and country.

On the other hand, a stunning 57 per cent of the respondents gave no response, an action Bishop Blair attributed to the country's uncomplimentary view of the Church.

"They think the Church is not creating the impact it ought to have (and) I don't agree with them," he stressed.

The Rev. Al Miller, pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle, was the clergyman closest to Bishop Blair in the standings, with three per cent of the sample.

Pollster Bill Johnson and his team of researchers conducted the poll on March 4 and 5 in 84 communities across the country's 14 parishes. The margin of error is plus or minus three per cent. Fifty-two per cent of the respondents were males, while forty-eight per cent were females.

Who are some of the church leaders in Jamaica that you admire?

LEADERS ---- %

Bishop Herro Blair --- 22

Rev. Al Miller --- 3

Father Richard Ho Lung --- 1

V.T. Williams --- 1

All others --- 16

No answer --- 57

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