The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Litchfield, in recognition of the sterling service of one its pioneers, recently hosted an Appreciation Function which encapsulated the life and ministry of Elder Sydney Grant.
Pastor Egnal Grant
Keynote speaker, Pastor Egnal Grant, the Ministerial Secretary of the West Jamaica Conference, reminisced of the quality service given by Elder Grant, the successes gained and the relationship he shared with the family when he served as District Pastor from 1985-1989. His passionate presentation left the audience at a high spiritual altitude as he painted a glorious scene of the ransomed of all ages entering the New Jerusalem to live and reign with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He challenged the listeners to remain faithful so they will inherit the Kingdom that Christ is gone to prepare for them.
Pastor Karl Archer, President of the North Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, expressed gratitude to Elder Grant for his impressive leadership and the expert advice that have been expended in advancing the gospel.
Elder Sydney Grant and wife receiving a citation from Elder Dacia South
The 32 year journey of Elder and Sister Sydney Grant began in 1974 when a crusade was held at Lime Tree, Trelawny. Subsequently, the Litchfield Seventh-day Adventist Church was conceptualized and Elder Sydney Grant was transferred from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Stettin to give leadership and guidance and be its first elder. His first major assignment was to lead the charge in procuring the site for a permanent structure. Through his persevering effort and instrumentality, the land on which the church is situated was purchased.
Distance was not a deterrent, despite the fact that he resided approximately six (6) miles from the areas in which he served. He faithfully traversed the meandering roads to be present at worship sessions on Sabbaths and Sundays, Wednesday and Friday nights, as well as to visit with the members in their homes. Thus, he won the confidence, love and respect of the members and community persons alike.
Pastors Grant and Archer sharing in the service
Elder Grant has hosted many crusades and Week of Prayer sessions and gave godly leadership over the flock. His wife, Sister Sadie Grant, was lauded for her expertise in preparing the choirs and children for musical, poetry and other items was always known.
Elder Grant’s tenure at Litchfield ended in 2006 when he accepted a call from the Ulster Spring SDA Company to join their leadership ranks. To ensure that Elder Grant’s memory is permanently etched in the annals of the Litchfield Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church Hall was renamed- The Sydney Grant Fellowship Hall. Loud applauses rang out from the spectators as he cut the ribbon to the entrance of the hall where the patrons were treated to refreshment.
In their responses the humble duo transferred all gratitude and recognition heaped on them to the One who gave them strength, courage and endurance to fulfil the tasks.
As Walter Lippmann aptly puts it, “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” Undoubtedly, Elder Sydney Grant has passed the leadership test!