Hands were laid on three pastors in East Jamaica Conference (EJC) setting them apart for the Gospel Ministry and all the services of the church, at a special Ordination Service at the Hagley Park SDA Church on September 23, 2017.
The service was attended by hundreds of family, friends and church members who came to show their support for Pastors Marvin Chin, Joel Jumpp and Jovan Whyte and their wives who had positively influenced the lives of hundreds across the constituency since the start of their ministry.
The message for the evening was presented by Pastor Everett Brown, President of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
In his message, Brown said the ordination of pastors in the Seventh-day Adventist Church is often seen and regarded as recognition of the pastor’s call to the Gospel Ministry but went further by saying he believed the men had been called by God himself for service in His church.
“Pastor Chin, Pastor Whyte, Pastor Jumpp, we firmly believe that God has called you to the gospel ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, ” said Brown.
He commended the East Jamaica Conference and the University (referring to Northern Caribbean University NCU)) for preparing the men for service and was pleased to report that the “Union Committee had voted unanimously for the men to be set apart for a life of dedicated ministry to God and the people of God.”
In speaking about the work of the pastor in the Adventist Church, the top minister of the gospel said “pastors are placed in the church not to become part of an elite group but to train members to use their God given skills for missions and to educate and grow the church.”
“We are laying hands on you to preach and teach the gospel and for you to make disciples of men. You are not called to laud it over the members but to build up the body of Christ,” Brown said.
The three gospel ministers to be ordained were encouraged to model Christ in their ministry and spend time on their knees in prayer to God.
“To succeed requires a relationship with God and requires us to be on our knees to receive power,” added Brown.