St. Ann, Jamaica | Nigel Coke/IAD Staff
Police Corporal Wayne Bartley who serves as a church elder in the Ocho Ríos Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Ann, Jamaica, allowed the Holy Spirit to use him to spiritually arrest one of his colleagues and five other individuals during an evangelist series he conducted recently.
Bartley, who has been in the Jamaica Constabulary Force for the past fourteen years believes that while he works to keep law and order in the country, he has a commitment to God to rescue persons from the clutches of sin and point them to Jesus Christ.
“I always tell persons that I am a police by profession, but also a preacher by conviction and that’s why I take time out to do the work of evangelism,” declared Bartley, who has been an ordained elder for the past ten years.
“I am inspired to try and balance the equation for lost/saved because it is said that there are more people that will be lost than who will be saved,” said Bartley, who was given the opportunity to baptize on March 11. On that day, church elders in the North Jamaica and other conferences were given the opportunity to baptize persons whom they have worked and studied the Bible with as part of the Lord Transform Me Baptism Sabbath, an initiative of the Adventist Church in Inter-America that seeks to involve active members in fulfilling the mission of the church by transforming lives through the power of the Holy Spirit, the study of the bible and daily prayer life.
Among the six persons baptized is one Bartley’s colleagues Woman Detective Constable Claudine Johnson, which he described as a joyful occasion.