From left to right: Pastors Daniel Miller, Chris Leslie, Adolphus Smith and Kirkwood Parkinson
It was a milestone moment for four of the North Jamaica Conference's Pastors on Sabbath October 17, 2015 when holy hands were placed on the heads of Pastors Chris Leslie, Daniel Miller, Kirkwood Parkinson and Adolphus Smith at a special ordination ceremony at the Brown's Town SDA Church.
The four Pastors, who currently shepherd in the Bamboo, Exchange, Claremont and St. Ann’s Bay districts, were charged by Pastor Everett Brown, President of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh - day Adventists not to be ashamed of the ministry, in spite of its challenges and demands. "God has called you to a purpose in a world of unfaithfulness, iniquity and unrighteousness", the President charged. “He has called you to be His voice. You are His watchman; His servant. You are not your own...walk worthy of your calling", he implored.
Pastor Everett E. Brown, President of Jamaica Union, delivering his sermon
The ceremony, which lasted for two hours, saw each ordinand giving a brief testimony of his call to the ministry and the impact of others on his life.
Born in the volatile community of Flamstead, Pastor Chris Leslie has baptized over 200 souls during his time in ministry. He has served as intern Pastor in the Grange Hill District in Westmoreland, Lacovia District in St. Elizabeth, Granville District in St. James and the Brown's Town District in St. Ann. His first pastoral assignment was to the Reid's Friendship District in Trelawny and he currently pastors the Bamboo district in St. Ann. He is married to the former Zanjainie Watson, a social worker with the Government of Jamaica.
Pastor Daniel Miller, who originates from Trelawny, commenced work in the North Jamaica Conference in September 2010 and has since led over 280 souls to Christ. Having served as intern in the St. Ann’s Bay, Ocho Rios and Moneague Districts of Churches, Pastor Miller now shepherds the Exchange District of Churches in St. Ann. He is married to the former Felisha Francis who serves the Conference as an Administrative Assistant.
Pastor Kirkwood Parkinson is a son of Trelawny's soil and has led over 155 persons to the cross of Christ. After graduating in 2010, he was employed to the North Jamaica Conference and interned in the Ocho Rios and Spring Gardens Districts in St. Ann and Trelawny, respectively. He was later called to serve the Bamboo District and currently pastors the Claremont District, both in St. Ann. He is married to the former Tanika Dixon, who is the Vice-principal of the St. Ann’s Bay High and Preparatory School.
Born in the parish of St. James, Pastor Adolphus Smith, who has been employed to North Jamaica Conference since 2004 has seen over 349 persons surrendering their lives to Christ through His ministry. A former pastor in the Litchfield District, he has served in the Brown's Town district as an intern and Wild Cane as district pastor. Pastor Smith is now the Associate Pastor of the St. Ann’s Bay Districts of Churches. He is married to the former Pauline Pitt, who works at the University of Technology in Kingston.
Ordained Ministers laying hands on the Ordinands
With this ordination, the North Jamaica Conference now has 14 ordained ministers.