NJC WEEKLY BULLETIN

NCU Elects US-based Dental Surgeon as President



Pharmacologist and Dental Surgeon, Dr. Lincoln Edwards, is the new President-Elect of Northern Caribbean University (NCU). Dr. Edward’s was elected on Sunday, June 12, 2016, during a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Seventh-day Adventist-owned institution at the Adventist Church headquarters in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Dr. Edwards, who is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Loma Linda University has served as an Assistant Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at Loma Linda University, and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Dentistry in Houston. He will replace Dr. Trevor Gardner who demits office at the end of August 2016.

“I am humbled and honoured to be chosen,” said Dr. Edwards. “I am excited to return to Jamaica and to serve in this capacity at NCU, which stands on the threshold of an exciting new era. It has become one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher learning with a bold vision to be the premiere institution from which students receive Christ-centered instructions and graduate to make evidence-based decision and impact the world in positive ways of their choosing.  I promise to do my part in helping to find solutions to the problems of society through this institution.”

Dr. Edwards left Jamaica in 1993 as a Lecturer in Chemistry and Mathematics at NCU to pursue a doctoral degree in Pharmacology at Loma Linda University. He holds a Bachelors in Chemistry (Special), and also a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He is an experienced Lay Preacher and has served in various capacities within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

He is an accomplished researcher in the area of diabetes and hypertension and has obtained two National Institutes of Health grants. He currently serves on three American Dental Association Test Construction Committees and is Secretary of the American Dental Education Association section on Oral Diagnosis. 

“I am pleased with the fact that after several months of searching for a potential candidate to serve as the next president of NCU, the Board of Governors finally endorsed the candidacy of Dr Edwards,” said Pastor Everett Brown, Chairman of the Board of Governors. “He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and a vast experience of serving in the Seventh-day Adventist system. He is mission-driven, goal oriented and has a keen interest in the development of people. We anticipate a successful tenor for him when he officially takes up office.” 

Dr. Edwards enjoys taking dental students on mission trips to Jamaica and has over the past five years helped hundreds of individuals to access free dental services in the parishes of Kingston, St. Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester. He also is an avid football fan.

Edwards is married to Sandra Taylor, and they have three children, Alex, Ross-Andre and Alexa. 





NEW CONGREGATION
STARTED IN WAKEFIELD


(from left to Right) Elder Simpson, Elder Gordon, Pastor Archer, Pastor Hawthorne, Elder Hemmings and Elder Stewart seated with new converts and Bible Instructors in the foreground


GYD IMPACT TOUCHES LIVES IN NJC



Uniformed Youth encircle a community member in St. Ann's Bay for prayer.
 

Hundreds of youth led thousands of members into a full day of community service outreach endeavours in the parishes of St. Ann and Trelawny. From the hills of Alexandria where children were impacted at the Widow’s Mite Children’s home to the plains of Trelawny, where the streets and communities in Duncans were flooded with care packages for the elderly and children, the day saw an exceptionally high turnout of youth involved in multiple and varied deeds of good will.

The day was a part of the World Church’s Global Youth Day initiative...(click on Title to read more)


NJC APPOINTS ACTIN
G TREASURER



The North Jamaica Conference Executive Committee voted on Monday, April 4, 2016 to appoint Elder Dane Ellis as Acting Treasurer, following the resignation of Mrs. Sackeria Jackson-Hinds on March 31, 2016.

Elder Ellis, who had served in the position of Treasurer between 2007-2012, recommenced work with the Conference in October 2015, after a one year stint at the Andrews Memorial Hospital July 2012 - July 2013.

The trained Accountant is an officer of the Salem Church in St. Ann and has been active in evangelistic efforts over the years. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University College of the Caribbean and served as an accountant at the Office prior to his appointment.

He is married to Claudeen Ellis and the union has produced two children.





TEN DAYS OF PRAYER LAUNCHED FOR GENERAL ELECTION

We thank God for His guidance and leading during the “10 Days of Prayer” initiative we had earlier this year, and praise Him for what was accomplished. As the country embarks on General Election, we believe that it is necessary for us to engage in united prayer for God’s will to cover the length and breadth of Jamaica…


NJC President Calls for ZIKV Promotion

The folllowoing is a special call from the President to all Seventh-day Adventist Churches and Institutions in North Jamaica Conference:

Dear Workers and Members,

This is a special call for all Seventh-day Adventist Churches and Institutions in the North Jamaica Conference to immediately dedicate a slot at all services for promotion of ZIKA Virus information more...


ADVENTIST CHURCH DISASSOCIATES ITSELF FROM PASTOR'S COMMENTS

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is disassociating itself from comments made by one of its clergy at the PNP mass rally in Half-Way-Tree Sunday night.
Pastor Michael Harvey, who is employed by the Church’s flagship Education Institution Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in the capacity of church Pastor and Vice President of Spiritual Affairs, told the large gathering that they should rise up and be counted in his exhortation for them, to vote for the PNP.

Pastor Everett Brown, President, Jamaica Union Conference of SDAs


Adventists Boost Morale Across 175 Police Stations

October 28, 2015 | Mandeville, Jamaica | By Nigel Coke/IAD





ADVENTISTS TO THE RESCUE - Church Spruces Up St. Ann Police Stations

Members of the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists in St Ann turned out in their numbers on Sunday for a workday that formed part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the union islandwide.

The workday brought into focus undesirable conditions in which some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in St Ann are forced to work and live.

Conditions at the living quarters at the St Ann's Bay station, especially, leave much to be desired. Whereas the Adventists' contribution was appreciated and worthwhile, much more needed to be done, Superintendent Wayne Cameron said.



NJC Appoints New Secretary



The North Jamaica Conference Executive Committee voted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 to appoint Pastor Omri Davis as Executive Secretary of the Conference, effective immediately.


FOUR PASTORS ORDAINED TO MINISTRY 




Madras Church Dedicated to God




The pouring rain was no deterrent for the scores of individuals who traversed the interior terrain of upper St. Ann to participate in the long anticipated dedication of the Madras temple to God.