Historic Ordination Service
June 27, 2013 Filed in: Ministry
Sabbath afternoon, June 22, 2013, was an historic day in life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Bahamas Conference and Atlantic Caribbean Union. In an ordination service held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist church where hundreds turned up to support, eight pastors were consecrated for the gospel ministry. The eight pastors ordained are: Howard Barr of the Acklins and Crooked Island District, Valentino Campbell of the Central and North Andros District, Kenney Deveaux of the Breath of Life Church, Asa- Dane Duncun of the South Andros and Mangrove Cay District, Larry Green of the San Salvador District, Melvin Lewis of the Francophone and Ebenezer Churches, Nikita Thompson of the North Eleuthera District, and Craig Williams of the New Engerlston and Peardale Churches. This represents the largest number of pastors to ever be ordained in a single event in the South Bahamas Conference and the fledgling Atlantic Caribbean Union.
Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, President of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, in his sermon “Called to Minister”, unfolded three main points to the congregants and the ordinants. Using the experience of the Call of Samuel, recorded in I Samuel chapter 3, he underscored firstly that God calls whomsoever He wills. Secondly, he challenged the pastors, to be convicted of their calling. He reminded them that, “ Your call will be confirmed when people see your genuine concern for souls and fulfilling God’s will as opposed to making a name or creating legacies. In his final point, Pastor Johnson emphasized that the pastor must maintain the call. "Hearing and answering God's call is no guarantee of success. You must maintain the call and I know no better way than to live close to God; Depend on Him and not on your knowledge or strength.” He cautioned them that “the ministry is not merely a profession; it is a calling. It is not for a period of time until some other more attractive occupation beckons a man, but it is a lifework.”
In presenting the ordinants to the congregation, Pastor Peter Joseph, Executive Secretary of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist and Pastor Keith A. Albury, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director, summarized the profiles which captured the professional experiences of each of the pastors. The international diversity could not be missed as the pastors originated from the countries of the Bahamas, Jamaica and Bermuda.
A special prayer of consecration offered by Pastor Peter Joseph preceded the presentation of Bibles, a symbolism of the charge to proclaim the word of God. Mrs. Denise Johnson, Shepherdess Coordinator of Atlantic Caribbean Union Conference ,and Mrs. Shelia Adderley incorporated the wives of the newly ordained ministers’ by a special pinning ceremony and extending a warm welcome.