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Antiguan Ministers

SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE SOIL

Arranged According to Year of Candidature


REVEREND THOMAS MEADE CHAMBERS M.A

Was the first Antiguan to become Chairman of the Antigua District in 1872. He held office until 1885. He was a “man of legal mind, skilful in management and a strict economist, and ruled with energy and decision.” He was transferred to Barbados in 1887.


REVEREND DONALD McDONALD sr

Served in the British Guiana District. Died and was buried in the Methodist Cemetery in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Guyana.


REVEREND DONALD McDONALD jr

Served in the British Guyana District. Died there and was buried in the Methodist Cemetery, in the Friendship Methodist Church yard, Friendship, East Coast Demerara, Guyana.


REVEREND ALVIN E BELBODA

While much else is generally not known about Reverend Bellboda besides his candidature from Antigua, we know that he worked in Antigua as his name/signature appears in Baptismal record during the period 1917 -1920.


REVEREND ACCELYNE WILLIAMS

Year of Candidature: 1942

Adapted from the Obituary of the 1995 Leeward Islands District Conference

Reverend Williams was born in Freetown, Antigua on 15th December, 1918 and attended the Freetown Government School. He taught for a while before offering for the Methodist Ministry in 1942. He entered seminary in 1942 and after three years of theological education began his life’s vocation as a Methodist pastor and preacher.

He served in various circuits in both the Leeward Islands and South Caribbean Districts. These include:
St Kitts (1945 – 1950)
Dominica (1950 – 1954)
Anguilla (1954 – 1959)
Nevis (1959 – 1962)
James Street/Speightstown,Barbados (1962–1964)
Ebenezer, Barbados (1964 – 1967)
Georgetown, St Vincent (1967 – 1970)
St Eustatius (1971 – 1973)
Montserrat (1973 – 1976)
Antigua (1976 – 1979)
Dominica (1979 – 1980)
St Croix (1980 – 1983)

He was married to Mary neé Humphreys and to them was born a daughter Josephine Cassandra.

Reverend Williams was known throughout his ministry as a powerful preacher and a sound scholar. He was regarded as a strict disciplinarian though none could question his sincerity. While in St Eustatius, he took the initiative in founding the St Eustatius Christian Council and during his ministry in Montserrat served as Chaplain to Her Majesty’s prison.

Reverend Williams died under tragic circumstances in Dorchester Massachusetts on Friday, 25th March, 1994. He was in his 48th year of his ministry. Reverend Williams was survived by his widow who has since died and daughter, three (3) brothers and three (3) sisters, many nieces and nephews.

We give Almighty God thanks for the life and work of the late Accelyne Williams. He was indeed a man of God, a man of faith and courage, a man of determination and endurance. His love for God and his Church cannot be denied. We commit him to the everlasting arms of God.


REVEREND DONALD CEDRIC HENRY

Year of Candidature: 1942

A collective effort incorporating earlier works by his widow Mrs Valerie Henry and Daisy Messiah

This name Reverend Donald Henry is known not only in Methodist circles but also in the wider and non religious community. The Reverend Donald Cedric Henry was born on 29th June, 1921 to Samuel and Ethel Henry.

From a very early age, Reverend Henry was involved in the life of the Ebenezer Methodist Church and had decided that he was going to be a minister in the Methodist Church, and this decision he kept throughout his lifetime. He came through the ranks of the church having attended Church School and was one of the first members of the 3rd Antigua Cubs Scouts when it started at Ebenezer. As a teenager, he became a Sunday School Teacher, a Scout leader, a Local Preacher and later a member of the Men’s Fellowship. His first appointment as a Local Preacher was at the Gilbert Memorial Church. When he was fully accredited as a Local Preacher, he applied and was accepted as a candidate for the Methodist Ministry.

Reverend Henry, along with the Reverend Accelyne Williams entered Caenwood Theological College in Jamaica in 1942, where he completed his course of studies and graduated in 1945. Donald did so well in his studies that he was given the opportunity to spend one (1) year in Richmond College in England where he obtained his Bachelor of Divinity Degree (BD). In 1946, he took up his first appointment in the island of Montserrat where he spent three years with his only superintendent Rev Maurice Hillier. On 7th November 1950, Reverend Henry was ordained in Wesley Chapel, Basseterre, St Kitts by the Reverend C. J Phillips, Chairman of the Leeward Islands District. Coincidentally, Reverend Phillip was the Superintendent of the Antigua Circuit and Pastor of Ebenezer and would have prepared Reverend Henry during his candidacy for the ministry.

Rev Henry next served in Anguilla (where he got married in 1957), then the British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Barbados in this order. It was in 1966, while he was at Bethel Barbados, that Reverend Henry was called to serve as Chairman of the Leeward Islands District, a position he held for five (5) years. During this time he was stationed in the Antigua Circuit and appointed to serve as its Superintendent Minister. It was under his superintendency that Antigua would have hosted the first two meetings of the newly inaugurated Connexional Conference in 1967 and 1968.

Reverend Henry was highly revered, well loved and generally known as a stern and determined pastor. He was a disciplinarian, who administered discipline with love and carefulness. He was an accomplished organist with an impeccable knowledge of and sincere love for our Methodist hymns. He was always willing to serve as both preacher and organist if the congregation where he was conducting worship did not have an organist for the day. As if instructed by Charles Wesley himself, Reverend Henry was always insistent that the set tunes be sung to our hymns, and that these tunes be sung properly. It was therefore not unusual for him to stop a congregation in its tracks should it divert to alternate tunes or should it badly render the set tune. It was also not out of character for Reverend Henry to advise the congregation that “you are going to learn a hymn today” where it was obvious that the hymn was not known. He was sure to set about teaching that tune to the congregation. Reverend Henry has taught us many of the hymns of Methodism and through his remarkable musical gift we have benefited tremendously. He must be credited for starting the Ebenezer Sunbeam choir. His dear wife, the former Valerie Walwyn of Nevis, served as the pianist when this new children’s choir was formed. This choir is still functional to this very day.

During the period 1973 – 1977 Reverend Henry served as Superintendent of the St Thomas Circuit, and it was during this time that his third and biggest appointment came when he was elected the third (3rd) President of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. Reverend Henry was the first and only Antiguan to date to be made President of the Conference of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. He served as an outstanding and astute Connexional President during the formative years of our Connexional Conference. While presiding over the Connexional Conference, the Book of Offices at the back of the Methodist Hymnbook became dormant and by April 1981 a shorter book of offices for experimental use was prepared and produced. This book was used in the Caribbean for twelve years until our current prayer book was completed. It was also during his tenure that the historical “Know Your Methodism Series” was introduced with the first in the series focusing on Methodist Roots in the Caribbean with emphasis on the Antigua Pioneers.

On completion of his term of office as Connexional President in 1982, Reverend Henry was stationed to work in the Aruba Circuit, where he would have preached his last sermon. It was while in Aruba that he fell ill. He returned home to Antigua and died on May 21, 1984 after a short period of illness.

Among Reverend Henry’s attributes are his deep love for his native land Antigua and the Methodist Church. Reverend Henry was privileged to have been asked to bring the sermon at the service, held at the St John’s Cathedral, commemorating our attainment of political independence in 1981. Such was the high esteem in which he was held. Francis W. Blackman in the introduction of “Methodism 200 Years in British Virgin Islands,” notes that one of Reverend Henry’s dream was to write the history of Methodism in the West Indies and that Reverend Henry had gone to England and done considerable research in this regard. Unfortunately, Reverend Henry died before he was able to complete this task. His work however, was not in vain as his dear wife Valerie made his research available to Blackman who used it as a source for the work that he (Blackman) produced for the British Virgin Islands.

Reverend Henry can be considered the “Real Methodists” based on the coincidences between his life story and the stories of Methodism. For instance, Reverend Henry was born on June 29th and John Wesley on June 28th, just one day apart. At age 10, Reverend Henry decided that he wanted to be a Methodist Minister. This was also the age of John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, when he became a gown boy to receive free education in London. Wesley was converted on May 21, 1738 and Reverend Henry died May 21, 1984. The Conference was officially started on May 25, 1967 and Reverend Henry was buried on May 25, 1984. Reverend Henry was very methodical as testimony to his strong Methodist heritage.

We acknowledge with gratitude the contribution of Reverend Henry’s widow Valerie who, in her calm, quiet way has been his support in ministry. Their union produced three (3) children, namely, Janice (deceased), Cedric and Anne. Janice died two months before her father. Mrs Henry continues to live in Antigua and faithfully attends worship at Ebenezer.

Our beloved Reverend Henry we were sad to see you go. Your name will ever be on our lips. Sleep on and enjoy your quiet, peaceful rest. May you rise to the greeting of our Lord and Master – Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant!


REVEREND DR. ALBERT J. D. AYMER

Year of Candidature: 1959

Albert is the third child of the union between the late John Alfred and Millanette Maud Aymer. Born in the village of Liberta, he was baptized as a baby in the Methodist Church in that village by the late Rev. James Davidson, an Irishman who spent most of his years in ministry in the Leeward Islands; and who, prior to his death became Chairman of the Leeward Islands District of the Methodist Church and President of the Irish Methodist Conference.

On the transfer of his father, a police officer, from Liberta to Willikies, Albert lived with his family in that village as an infant. While still a young child not yet of school age, his father was transferred to St. John’s city where Albert lived and grew up until the time he left Antigua to attend Caenwood Theological Seminary in Kingston, Jamaica to prepared himself for service in the ministry of the Methodist Church. During that time period, Albert grew up in the Ebenezer Methodist Church, attending the primary Sunday School under the superintendency of the late Mrs. Ethel Henry and being one of the late Miss May Henry’s “boys.” He was a Cubs Scout under the late Mr. Helms, and in his later teens became a member of the prestigious senior choir under the leadership of the later Mrs. Marjorie Branch.

The first school he attended as an infant was that of Miss Thibou, which was in Long Street. At about the age of six, his parents enrolled him in the St. John’s Boys School where he received his foundational education. At that time, the highest grade in any primary school in Antigua was Seventh Standard, and students reached that grade in school at the age of fifteen and above. He and some others classmates reached that grade at the young age of twelve and thirteen—too young to leave school and join the workforce. Faced with that situation, the Department of Education implemented a Post Primary curriculum at the Junior Cambridge school-leaving certificate level.

In that program at Boys School, several subjects were introduced beyond the curriculum at the primary school level: Algebra and Geometry, Latin, and geography of the British Isle. Netball was introduced as a new sport in addition to cricket and football. Singing and music were elevated to a high standard, to the extent that the both students and teachers produced the operetta—Once aboard the Logger—the first such production in any school in Antigua. In the first nationwide Post Primary examination, Albert came first in the island and was invited to be a teacher by the Education Officer, who at the time was Mr. Percy A. W. Gordon.

As a young teacher, Albert taught at St. John’s Boys School and Ottos Primary School. During his years of teaching at those schools, he attempted and passed some subjects (including mathematics) in the London GCE examinations. He was then transferred to Princess Margaret School where he taught until his resignation to attend seminary.

During his teens Albert had a unique religious experience which determined his direction in life and his vocation ever since. From then he took a decided interest in the Christian faith. He became active in his church’s Sunday School and Youth Guild, eventually becoming secretary of the one and leader of the other. He received a Note to Preach, became a Local Preacher on Trial under the mentorship of his pastor, the Rev. James Davidson who baptized him as a baby in Liberta, and then a fully accredited Local Preacher in 1958 under the mentorship of the late Revs. William J. Barrett (his father in the ministry) and John K. Lockyer. From then he took successfully the college entrance examinations of Caenwood Theological Seminary in Jamaica and entered that seminary towards the end of August 1959.

Albert completed successfully his four-year seminary education in the summer of 1963 with the seminary’s diploma, magna cum laude. He also completed successfully the Diploma of Theology (Dip.Th.) of the University of London, England as an external student. Between 1963 and 1969 served in the Kingstown Circuit of Methodist Churches in St. Vincent; then in the Grenada Circuit; and afterwards in the James Street Circuit in Barbados as the minister of Hawthorn Memorial congregation and as the first Methodist Chaplain to the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies. While serving in Grenada, he was fully ordained in the Methodist ministry on the authority of the British Conference at its meeting in Plymouth, England in 1965.

While in St. Vincent, he completed the Preliminary B.D. externally of the University of London and needed study time to complete the requirements for that degree. He received a World Council of Churches Scholarship to complete that work and did so in Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, graduating with the Master of Divinity degree, magna cum laude. He returned to the Caribbean and served as Superintendent Minister of the Tobago Circuit from 1969 to 1972. In 1972 the church transferred him to serve as the Methodist Chaplain on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies and minister of Providence Methodist Church.

Having a desire to further his studies, Albert procured a scholarship to study at Drew University in Madison New Jersey and proceeded there with his family in 1977. While at Drew he completed successfully the M. A., M. Phil, and Ph. D. degrees in New Testament studies, focusing his studies on the Apostle Paul. During the dissertation phase of his doctorate, the United Methodist Church invited him to an executive position in their General Board of Global Ministries located in New York City. He accepted that position on secondment from the Methodist Conference in the Caribbean to which his membership in the British Conference was transferred. Thereupon, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the United Methodist Church transferred him fully as an Elder in the ministry of the Northern New Jersey Conference (now part of the Greater New Jersey Conference). After two years in that position the Theological School of Drew University made him Assistant and later Associate Dean.

He served as a dean at Drew for twelve years before consenting to the wish of his bishop to take an appointment as the Senior Pastor of the leading congregation of that Conference—a twelve-hundred member congregation in Morristown, New Jersey. In his second year in that appointment, he had two invitations to return to academia—one to be the Associate Dean of the Divinity School of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and the other to serve as Dean of a small historically Black seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina—Hood Theological Seminary sponsored by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. To the surprise of many of his friends and some relatives, he chose the latter, recalling the words of John Wesley to his preachers: “Go not only to those who need you but to those who need you most.” He has been serving at Hood from 1994 to the present, as the Academic Dean and chief administrator of the seminary; as interim president of Livingstone College of which the seminary was a department, and as president of the seminary on its achievement of independence from the college in 2001.

His leadership of the seminary and his accomplishments there were recently documented in an extensive article in the Easter Sunday edition of the local newspaper: Salisbury Post. When he assumed leadership of the seminary it had less than thirty students. Today this seminary has an enrolment of over three hundred students from sixteen different denominations, and is regarded throughout the Association of Theological Schools in the USA and Canada as a leader among its most racially inclusive seminaries and divinity schools. President Aymer, as he is mostly known, has served on numerous boards and agencies in his community and nationally, including a six-year stint on the Board of Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools in the USA and Canada; and has received numerous awards, among which are the keys to the City of Salisbury, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from an outstanding college in the city—Catawba College.

He and his former wife reared three daughters: Margaret Patricia Aymer Oget, a New Testament Professor; Valerie Elizabeth Aymer, a Landscape Architect who pursued her architectural studies at Cornell University; and Ann-Marie Millinette Aymer, a Librarian. Above all, he gives thanks and praise to God for the ways in which God has been able to use him in the ministry of Christ; and credits his nurture in the faith to his parents (most especially his mother of blessed memory) and his beloved Methodist community in Ebenezer, Antigua.


REVEREND F SHEILA WILLIAMS-MAITLAND

Year of Candidature: 1959

Floretta Sheila Williams-Maitland, born 19th April 1937 to Edgar and Martha Williams of Bolans Antigua. Brought up in a family that feared God and acknowledged Jesus as Lord!

I accepted Jesus as Saviour and pledged allegiance to Him in early years, learning to love and serve Him in the Bolans Methodist Congregation as Sunday School teacher, Class Leader, Youth Leader and Local Preacher.

Employed by the Department of Education as a teacher for five years, and has  found many opportunities for service to community.

Influenced by British Deaconesses, Sister Gladys Cooke and Vera Gridley and also by Sister Amy Leslie of Belize, I received invaluable training, provided by the annual Leeward Islands District Training Centre.

A sense of call to full time ministry resulting in my offering and acceptance for training at the Union Theological Seminary, Kingston Jamaica from September 1959 – 1962. As a probationer, I served in the Wesley Circuit, Kingston Jamaica.

Ordained at the Ebenezer Methodist Church, St John’s Antigua in January 1965, I continued to serve in St Kitts, Dominica and Jamaica.

Entering into marriage with Lloyd Maitland in 1965, Christine and Joy were born into our family. Mark Francis our son-in-law has been added as well as Bradley and Toby our grandsons.

Now, as a supernumerary deacon, I thank God for every opportunity of service that His grace affords.

As an Antiguan, I am glad to be associated with the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the celebration of Methodism in the Caribbean. Let us hear and do the words of Horatius Bonar (1808 – 89) HMB 589 – “Go labour on: spend and be spent.”


REVEREND NEVILLE DENFIELD BRODIE

Year of Candidature: 1961

The Reverend Neville Denfield Brodie was born to the late Mildred and Obadiah Brodie. He was educated at the Freetown Methodist Primary School and after reaching the seventh standard, became a pupil teacher at age 15. Thereafter, he worked his way up to a first class assistant teacher during which time he sat and passed the London General Certificate of Education (GCE)

His early years of Christian upbringing by his parents and his involvement in the Freetown Methodist Church, especially as a Boys’ Brigade Captain and Local Preacher, led him to a deeper commitment to service and to the Church. He became a candidate for the ministry in 1961. He was trained at the United Theological Seminary (Caenwood) in Jamaica and gained the London University Diploma of Theology upon graduation. In 1970, he entered the Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ in Pennsylvania, U.S.A from where he received the Master of Divinity Degree, Cum Laude. His thirst for further education and sharpening of his skills in the pastoral work led him to pursue postgraduate studies again at Lancaster, PA towards the Doctor of Ministry degree. After spending the summers of 1990 and 1991 and the 1991-1992 academic year there, he decided, due to financial constraints, to return to the Leeward Islands District and to finalize work on his thesis while in Circuit. Once back in circuit this plan never materialized.

Reverend Brodie has served in three of the eight Districts of the MCCA namely, Guyana, Belize/Honduras and the Leeward Islands. The Circuits in his beloved Leeward Islands include the British Virgin Islands, St Eustatius, Dominica, Antigua, Anguilla and St Thomas/St John. He has held several positions in the Leeward Islands District including Chairman and General Superintendent of the Leeward Islands District; General Secretary of Christian Education and General Secretary of the Mission of the Church Department.

Reverend Brodie has been an innovator and pioneer in many areas of the church’s life. As Christian Education Secretary he revived the District Summer School, later called the District Youth Leaders’ Training Seminar (DYLTS) and the Church School Examination that had been dormant for some years. One of the highlights of his appointment as Chairman was the introduction of a ministerial retreat immediately before the meeting of the annual Synod/District Conference. While serving as Mission of the Church Secretary he introduced a seminar for the training of Local Preachers and the Laity that proved to be very successful for many years. In 1978 during his first term of duty in St Thomas/St John Circuit, Reverend Brodie introduced the Wednesday Midday Lenten Devotions in Christchurch, and this practice continues today not only in the St Thomas/St John Circuit, but also in Antigua where he also introduced it; and in other circuits of the Leeward Islands District as well as in other denominations.

Throughout his ministry Reverend Brodie has been an outstanding pastor, preacher, teacher, counselor, friend and mentor to many of his colleagues and parishioners. His ministry has impacted the lives of countless persons in the various circuits where he served. He was especially fond of the youth to whom he showed much genuine love and interest. Reverend Brodie must be credited for the remarkable impact that he had on the Antigua Circuit when he assumed its superintendency in the early 1980’s. He changed the ethos of our Circuit and it was largely due to his influence that some seven persons from the Antigua Circuit would have candidated for the Methodist ministry all during his tenure. These persons include the Reverends Charlesworth Browne, Gordon Edwards, Lester Bowers, Patmore Henry, Novelle Josiah, Carlwyn Greenaway and Derek Browne.

Reverend Brodie was never afraid to stand up for justice and moral righteousness even in the face of danger. It was because of this that in 1990, while serving as Chairman of the Antigua Christian Council, his manse was firebombed because he dared to attack the social evils of his native land. The outpouring of love and the show of support, from persons from all walks of life, in the wake of this act, was only testimony to the high esteem in which this Reverend gentleman is held.

In 1992, while on sabbatical leave in the USA, Reverend Brodie received news of the National Award of “The Order of Distinction” of Antigua and Barbuda during our national independence celebrations. This was in recognition of the sterling service that he has rendered to his native land.

Reverend Brodie loves his family dearly. He is married to the former Gloria Carol Gill of Belize, and she has been his able support, tower of strength, and partner in ministry through all these years. The Brodies have two children Karen and Karl.

In 2001, the Reverend Brodie superannuated from the itinerant ministry of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas after some thirty-seven (37) years of distinguished service. He presently resides in Orlando Florida with his family. He has kept the faith and served his present age, his calling to fulfill. He is truly one of the illustrious sons of Antigua Methodism and of this we are justly proud.


REVEREND BIRCHFIELD C. P. AYMER

Year of Candidature: 1967

Dr Birchfield Charlesworth Preston Aymer was born on November 1, 1944 in the City of St John’s as the youngest of six children of the union between Mrs Millanette Aymer and Mr John Aymer. In Antigua he was educated at the St John’s Boys School – now T.N. Kirnon School (for primary education) and the Antigua Grammar School (for secondary education).

Upon leaving secondary school he initially worked in the public service and later decided to move into the private sector. In the latter move, he joined the Firm of George W Bennett Bryson and Son first in the accounting department rising rapidly to become a Lloyds of London Agency Insurance Adjuster as Assistant Manager in that Agency.

As a youngster Birchfield grew up in the Church, the Ebenezer Methodist Church to be precise. He rotated through all of the traditional departments of Ebenzer, viz: Church School, Youth Fellowship, Sunday School Superintendent, Class Leader, Chorister, Lay Reader and Local Preacher. IT was at this time that the young Birchfield received the call of God to Ordained Ministry in the Methodist Church. He eventually candidated for Ministry in 1967, was accepted by the Synod in that same year and entered the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), in Kingston, Jamaica.

He graduated from the UTCWI with the approved professional qualification at that time of Licentiate in Theology (LTh) and entered service of the Methodist Church as a fully qualified Minister of Religion of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. Arising out of the itinerant arrangement of the Methodist Church in the deployment of its Clerics, Reverend Aymer was appointed to serve in various territories. These included the British Virgin Islands Circuit with responsibility for the congregations in the “out islands” of Virgin Gorda, Annegada and Jost van Dkye. This posting has its challenges as Reverend Aymer was required to travel by small boats and single engine planes to service his parishioners. He was later appointed to serve in St Eustatius and to begin the work in Saba where he had to learn some Dutch as he had to communicate officially in that language. He later moved to superintend the Church in Aruba and to assist with the administration of the work in Curacao. His rudimentary Dutch greatly assisted him in these postings. He eventually came back north and was put in charge of the work in St Maarten/St Martin. He is proud to claim the effort he put into the rebuilding of the historic Philipsburg Methodist Church in St Maarten while stationed there.

To further his studies, in 1978 Reverend Aymer travelled to the USA and pursued studies leading to the Masters Degree in Theological Studies (MTS) – Magna Cum Laude from Boston University. His professors thought the quality of his work suggested that he moved towards the Ph.D. level. Boston University also offered him an instructor’s position as a Ph.D candidate. In 1987 Reverend Aymer completed the requirements for the award of the Ph.D in New Testament and Christian Origins from the Graduate School of the same prestigious Boston University. As an outcome of his academic interests and perceived potential, he was invited to serve in the United Methodist Church of the USA, an invitation which he accepted as he appreciated the need of members of the Caribbean Diaspora in the USA for pastoral guidance.

In the USA, he served in a number of New England Churches in Massachusetts and while serving in this capacity accepted the appointment from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to become the Honorary Consul in New England for Antigua and Barbuda; a position which he accepted with pride and humility. In the year 2000 he accepted an invitation from the New York Conference {of the United Methodist Church} to become senior pastor for the Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem, one of the largest Methodist Churches in the USA. While at Salem he successfully spearheaded the construction of a housing project for underprivileged communities and saw the first of these buildings completed and called “Salem House” and occupied by low to moderate income families of Harlem. The formulation and implementation of this project has its intrigues, its challenges and its stresses and may well have taken its toll on the health of Reverend Aymer when on May 29th 2006 he suffered a massive stroke which left him disabled and led to his early retirement.

Even in this physical state of disability, Reverend Aymer remains firm in his faith and has not regretted his anwer to God’s call to Ordained Ministry and states that the one constant in his life in Ministry is that God has remained faithful to His promise to be with him in all things, so he presses on toward the high calling Christ Jesus.

Reverend Aymer is the surrogate father of Dr Calphor Carty, the father of Elise and Birchfield jr and the stepfather of Tammy and Rohan. He and his wife, Jean, presently reside in Antigua.


REVEREND JOHN F. M. CHARLES

Year of Candidature: 1967

A Moravian, turned Methodist. Candidated in 1967 and was trained at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica. After graduation in 1971, he was stationed At Wesley College, Belize City, Belize, then to St Kitts and British Virgin Islands Circuit, of the Leeward Islands District. He resigned from the ministry in 1978 and now resides in Miami, Florida.


REVEREND M. PETERSON JOSEPH

Year of Candidature: 1967


A son of the soil, Rev. M. Peterson Joseph began his growth in the service of our Lord at Sawcolts at a tender age, later becoming a member of the Ebenezer Church Community. As an active member of the Ebenezer Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday School Teacher and Local Preacher. In 1967, Rev. Joseph candidated for the active ministry and he began intensive training at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica. Upon completion of his studies in 1971, he was stationed in the South Caribbean District in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Georgetown Circuit for a period of 5 years.

Enduring to serve God, Rev. Joseph has ministered to congregations throughout the Leeward Islands District. He accepted appointments in the St. Martin/St. Maarten, Anguilla, Nevis, Dominica, Antigua, St. Thomas/St. John, Curacao and St. Kitts Circuits. He has been instrumental in many building and renovation projects in various circuits in which he has served.

Rev. Joseph holds a Master’s degree in Sacred Theology (STM) from the United Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana and a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Care. He has played a significant role in the training of many local preachers and individuals who are now actively engaged as presbyters in the service of the Methodist Church including the Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah and Reverend Carlwyn Greenaway.

While stationed in Antigua, Rev. Joseph served with the Reverends Neville D. Brodie and Joseph Lloyd to continue God’s work established in this part of His vineyard. He recalls that during his sojourn in his homeland, the Church faced many trials and tribulations; Society was at the crossroad of rapid growth and the Church faced the challenges of remaining relevant. However, with God’s help they steadfastly ploughed ahead always remembering that “through God all things are possible.” Together they managed to maintain and then grow the Church Community. Never one to like sitting at his desk all the time, Rev. Joseph was at his best ministering to members of his congregation especially the sick and shut-ins. Many of his fondest memories involved time spent with shut-ins. To this end, he endeavoured to develop the Churches outreach to the Mental Institute.

Although his ministry was abruptly shortened by a massive stroke in 2002, his faith has remained steadfast. Post recovery, he has enthusiastically accepted opportunities to once again impart God’s message to His people in the United States. He continues to live each day grateful to God for the opportunities He has given him despite the trials and tribulations of his infirmity.

Reverend Joseph is married to Mrs. Rhonetta Joseph, his right hand and support and he is blessed with two children, Ian and Patrick, and two grandchildren, Juleon and Natalie. His family joins him in congratulating all of you for all the hard work and effort you have rendered in bringing the 250th Anniversary celebrations to fruition. May God shine an everlasting light on the Methodist Church here in Antigua and may He richly bless each of you.


REVEREND GAY E. A. NICHOLS

Year of Candidature: 1967

Was a Barbadian living in Antigua, and working for Cable and Wireless. He candidated in 1967 and was trained at the United Theological College of the West Indies, Jamaica. After graduation in 1971 Reverend Nichols returned to the Leeward Islands District and was stationed in St Kitts, the US Virgin Islands Circuit (living on St Thomas), Anguilla and St Maarten. He went on study leave in 1979 and died in Canada circa 1984.


REVEREND RELIS MARTIN-RILEY

Year of Candidature: 1978

Reverend Martin Riley is a daughter of Freetown and holds several first to her name. She is the first and only female Presbyter to date to candidate from the Freetown Congregation. She is the first female Presbyter to candidate from the Antigua Circuit and first female Presbyter to be ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Leeward Islands District Conference. Reverend Martin-Riley is presently serving as the Superintendent Minister of the Aruba Circuit


REVEREND CUTHBERT EDWARDS

Year of Candidature: 1980

PRESIDENT – SOUTH CARIBBEAN DISTRICT CONFERENCE

The Rev. Cuthbert A. Edwards was born in Antigua in the Leeward Islands District. He is the son of the late Mr. Joseph Edwards and Mrs. Elaine Edwards, of Cobb’s Cross, St. Paul’s, Antigua. The fifth of nine children – seven girls and two boys. The family worships at the Baxter Memorial Church, English Harbour.

At the age of ten, Rev. Cuthbert A. Edwards heard the call of God to ministry through an overwhelming, strange experience that drove him to tears, and to the knowledge that God had touched him. He then immersed himself in the life of the local Church serving in several areas, including Captain of the 8th Antigua Boys Brigade Company, Superintendent of the Sunday School, President of the Youth Fellowship and as Congregational Steward. He left his homeland Antigua for a one-year stint at Cliff College in England (1977-78). On returning to the Caribbean, he candidated for ministry and headed to United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), Jamaica (1980) to begin his ministerial studies. While at UTCWI, he completed the diploma in Ministerial Studies and a B.A. (Hons.) degree from UWI.

On leaving UTCWI he was stationed in the South Caribbean District where he has spent his entire ministry. The first six years were in Trinidad – first North Trinidad from 1984-1985 and then South Trinidad from 1985-1990. He then relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Boston University; while pursuing further studies, he also pastored the Nantucket United Methodist Church. In September of 1992, having attained the Masters in Sacred Theology (STM) from Boston University, he left the United States of America and returned to the Caribbean and took up the Superintendency of the Kingstown/Chateaubelair Circuit in St. Vincent, where he served for 10 years. After Kingstown/Chateaubelair he was stationed in the Bethel Circuit, Barbados where he served for 3 years and then in the James Street/Speightstown Circuit in September 2005 where he is presently serving as the Superintendent Minister. In 2008, Rev. Edwards was elected and inducted as President of the South Caribbean District Conference.

Rev. Edwards has also served on various committees in the District over the years. He has served on the Ministerial Training Committee and was its secretary from 2003-2008; as Mission and Evangelism Secretary and as secretary of the Faith and Order Committee. He has also served as a part-time lecturer in New Testament Studies at Codrington College.

Rev. Edwards has always had a special emphasis on mission, evangelism and outreach. He has stressed the importance of prayer while holding a special interest in youth and, at one point, active participation in youth activities such as annual camps, retreats and other events.

Rev. Edwards takes physical exercise seriously and walks, jogs and goes to the gym regularly, whether in Barbados or elsewhere.

In addition to his role within the Church, Rev. Edwards heads a six-person household ably assisted by his wife and the mother of their four children, Astley Edwards. Astley Edwards née Cadogan is a Barbadian. She is a Computer Analyst by profession and works at Sagicor Life Inc. Shanique, the eldest, is a Biochemistry and French graduate and will begin graduate studies in September; while Shamika, a step behind, will begin her final year as an Accounting and Business Administration – Finance major. Shaquille, is just completing his CXC CAPE exams, and will be heading off to College later in the year to study Neuroscience and Behaviour. Sadé-Maria, the youngest, is a 4th form student at Harrison College, Barbados.


MS JOYCELYN SONIA JAMES-KING

Year of Candidature 1980

Joycelyn Sonia James-King was born and raised in John Hughes Village, on October 5, 1956. Sawcolts Methodist is the place she was nurtured spiritually. After secondary school, she taught at All saints secondary school for a short time. She entered the United Theological College in Jamaica in 1980, as a candidate for the Methodist Deaconess Order. Upon graduation, she worked as a Methodist Deaconess in Guyana. She migrated to the United States in 1985 and returned to College. Ms. King now works as an educator in the New York City Public School.

Ms. King has continued to serve the United Methodist Church in the USA in many areas, primarily working with children and youth and as a Lay Leader. She now attends St.Paul’s United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, where she serves the Lord with her gifts and talents. Ms. King is married with two young adult children, Charles 22, and Teresa 19


REVEREND DR. ORAL A. W. THOMAS

Year of Candidature: 1983


1983-87: Trained at the UTCWI
1987-91: Served in the Nevis circuit
1991-94: Served in the St. Thomas/St. John circuit
1994-96: On study leave in the USA
(Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri)

1996-2004: Served in the Antigua Circuit; while in this appointment, I served as Secretary to the Leeward Islands District Conference (1999-2004) and  Superintendent of the Antigua circuit (2000-04)
2004-07: On study leave in the UK (University of Birmingham)
2007 to present: Tutor/Methodist Warden at the UTCWI, Jamaica


REVEREND CHARLESWORTH EV. BROWNE

Year of Candidature: 1985

The Reverend Pastor Charlesworth Evanstan Browne was born in St. John’s Antigua. He received his early education at the Swetes Government Primary and the All Saints Secondary Schools. His firm religious and leadership origins may be traced back to the fellowship of the Barrett Memorial Methodist Church in Liberta where he was indubitably nurtured and where he had his earliest flourishings serving as Church School teacher, Youth Fellowship leader, choir member, playwright, Class Leader, Boys Brigade Drill Instructor, and Local Preacher. His gifts and graces were further utilized as he was appointed
for consecutive terms (1981-1984) to head the Circuit arm of youth work in the capacity of Circuit Lay Youth Secretary.

In 1985, Reverend Browne was appointed to serve the James Street/Speightstown Circuit of the Methodist Church in Barbados, South Caribbean District, as a Pre-collegiate minister. The following year he entered the United Theological College of the West Indies (Jamaica) where he successfully completed his Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a then new Certificate Course in Mission and Evangelism. In addition, fulfilling the requirements of the University of the West Indies he graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology (Hons). That same year, he was named as the first student to receive an award through the Board of Governors of the United Theological College of the West Indies for Outstanding Leadership in the College.

Having completed all the requirements of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, Reverend Browne was received into Full Connexion by way of ordination in January 1992.

On the 14th August, 1993, while serving four congregations in the Antigua Circuit, Reverend Browne was married to Brenda Nath Mason of Wesley Dominica. Due to a Circuit Ministerial Staff crisis, Reverend Browne cut short his honeymoon to serve as Acting Superintendent Minister of the Circuit, until the end of the Connexional Year. Reverend and Mrs. Browne are the blessed parents of twin sons, Charles and Brenstan who were born on March 6, 2001, at Peebles Hospital in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Reverend Browne sought compassionate leave for one year (from active MCCA duties) effective September 1, 2004 due to an illness that threatened the life of one of his sons. He subsequently declined an appointment to serve in the Jamaica District of the Methodist Churches, ultimately deciding in August 2005, to be disengaged from the ordered ranks of the Methodist Church primarily in the interest of his family.

In the dawn of a new day, the Reverend Mr Browne was offered a lectureship in Philosophy, Logic and Ethics at the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies – Antigua Center. He is presently the Philosophy/Business Ethics Tutor at the University Center – Antigua, and Tutor/Programme Director of a Business Ethics Programme offered by an institute he founded, namely, Macedonia Business Ethics and Language Institute (Registration No. B565/09).

Reverend Browne is author of the book HOMOSEXUALITY- From Wind of Error to Godlessness and he wrote over three hundred (300) articles in his weekly column “Wings Of Hope” in the B.V.I’s most popular News Paper, The B.V.I StandPoint. In more recent times he served as one of the Daily Observer’s freelance writers (2004-2006). His publication exploits continue in a special diary of love quotes – The Birthday and Anniversary Love Quote Book.

Reverend Browne is the Founder and Overseer of The Christian Ministries Center (High Court approved in February, 2007) – a United Evangelical Christian Ministries Church. He is also the Founder/Executive Director of Health For The Children Foundation (Original Registration: Company 264/04). His most recent project is The Macedonia Commission Against All Forms Of Sexual Assault, a movement started in partnership with Macedonia Community Development and Support Services (Business Registration:B726/07).

Pursuing his dreams and reaching for a star, Reverend Browne has fixed his academic hopes on a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Business Ethics, as well as on a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology.


REVEREND DR. GORDON A. R. EDWARDS

Year of Candidature: 1985

The Reverend Dr. Gordon A. R. Edwards was born in Antigua in the
Caribbean. He is the seventh of eight children born to Albert and Virginia Edwards. He grew up in the Church eventually serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Confirmation Class Leader, Wesley Class Leader, Fully Accredited Local Preacher, and Youth Fellowship President.

Reverend Edwards studied at the United Theological College of the West Indies, the University of the West Indies, Drew University Theological
and Graduate Schools, International University of Graduate Studies, the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, and the Graduate Theological Foundation.

He is a credentialed Psychoanalyst, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Pastoral Psychotherapist. He is a trained Mediator Certified by the Texas Bar Association, a Certified Life Coach, Certified Retreat Leader and Certified Spiritual Director. The Reverend Edwards has also completed certifications in Mission and Evangelism and Church Administration. He is licensed in New York State to practice in two separate mental health professions: Marriage and Family and Psychoanalysis. He is a member of and psychological consultant to the Board on Ordained Ministry of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as well as conducts psychological assessments for candidates for the ordained ministry.

The Reverend Dr. Edwards is committed to a life of study and has already completed two Doctoral Degrees: The PhD from International University for Graduate Studies, and the PsyD from the Graduate Theological Foundation; two Masters: MDiv from Drew University Theological School and MPhil from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies of Drew University; one bachelor’s: BA in Theology from the University of the West Indies, and a Diploma in Ministerial Studies from United Theological College of the West Indies. Further, he is currently working to complete his dissertation for a second PhD with Graduate Theological Foundation with graduation scheduled for May 2011 (his dissertation is a psychoanalytic study of the life of Malcolm X).

He is an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has been the Senior Pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church in the Bronx for the past eleven plus years. He manages a small psychotherapy practice, and serves adjunct professorships with International Seminary, head quartered in Plymouth Florida, Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack NY, and the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in Manhattan.

Additionally, Dr. Edwards served pastorates in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, the Republic of Panama, Englewood New Jersey, and in Brooklyn, Harlem, and Peekskill, New York. He holds memberships in the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. The Reverend Dr. Gordon AR Edwards has particular interest in issues of Domestic Violence, Developing strong Church Leadership, and the Emotional life of Congregations. He is very much concerned about the mental health of immigrant peoples.

He has been married to Susan Marie McDonald of Jamaica for almost 18 years and they have two children, Agyei 15 years old and Akilah 11 years old.


REVEREND LESTER GLEN- CARR BOWERS

September 17, 1967 – August 24,2009
Year of Candidature: 1988

Reverend Bowers was born on the island of Antigua to Dennis and Iola Bowers. He was the youngest of five siblings and was described as a true Caribbean man.

His early education began at the Eddie Labadie pre-school before he attended the Antigua Pilgrim High School for his primary education. He then moved on to the Antigua Grammar School where he completed his secondary education before attending the Antigua State College completing his A levels.

After a brief employment with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and LIAT (1974) Ltd. Reverend Bowers answered the call to ministry and in 1988 journeyed to United Theological College in Jamaica where he pursued studies and gained a Bachelors Degree with Honors in Theology and a Diploma in Ministry.

He served the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Maarten and the Virgin Islands. In 1995, Reverend Bowers was ordained to Christian Ministry in St. Maarten at the Phillipsburg Methodist Church. His first appointment took him to the Emerald Isle of Montserrat where his ministry blossomed tremendously as he was able to relate to people from all walks of life paying special attention to the youth and their human development.

Reverend Bowers was always hungry for knowledge and as a result, he pursued higher education in 2000 reading for the Masters of Divinity with concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling and a Master of Theology with specialization in Practical Theology and Religious Practices. Up to the time of his death, Reverend Bowers was completing the PhD in Counseling and Psychotherapy at Regents Park School of Counseling and Psychotherapy, London England.

Reverend Bowers last worked in Tortola at the H. Lavity Stout Community College as Counselor and he spearheaded the establishment of the newly commissioned Student SUCCESS Centre where he served as its Director.

Reverend Bowers could best be described as a “True Antiguan,” “Born Methodist” and “Unashamedly Christian.” He loved “Life and Living” but most importantly he loved and served his Lord and always encouraged others to do the same. His love for Christ was demonstrated wherever he went as he preached with zeal in the Caribbean, North America and Europe. We thank God for the gift that was bestowed on him that enabled him to reach so many souls. We recall very fondly the last sermon he preached at the celebration of the 170th Anniversary of his beloved Ebenezer Methodist Church in Antigua.

We have fond memories of Lester and we give God thanks for that, especially with our family gatherings where after we prayed over the meal we would say in unison: “To Life and Living, eat while you have breath because there will be no eating after death.” Lester looked forward to hearing those words whenever he visited us in Antigua and especially when Mom would chime in with “What about the Heavenly Banquet?” You know, the loudest laughter would always come from Lester.

Reverend Bowers is survived by his beloved mother Iola; his siblings Ewart, Heatheran, Mark and Julia-Ann and their families along with his wife Patricia and their children Joseph (Joey) and Gizelle (Gigi) in Tortola.

He is gone but will never be forgotten and we are sure that we will meet again. May his soul continue to rest in eternal peace. To God be the Glory!


REVEREND PATMORE CARLSON HENRY

Year of Candidature: 1988

My pre-adult years in a single parent home shaped my understanding of family life. My experience was not unique for it is a typical Caribbean lifestyle. In fact, this is chronicled in the monograph, “My Mother Who Fathered Me”. In the main, my journey towards adulthood can be described as “survival of the fittest”. After gaining a government tuition scholarship to attend the prestigious Antigua Grammar School, my high school education ended abruptly due to the economic struggles of my mother who was self employed. Nevertheless, fully convinced that
attitude determines aptitude, I registered for the high school certification with the University of London general certificate of education program (GCE) and gained five O level passes while fulfilling the responsibilities of temporary employment at a wood work shop and subsequently formal employment as a Public servant at the Ministry of Public Works.

Not withstanding the economic struggles, my young adulthood was filled with cherished memories of the religious environment in my home, Church School, Circuit Youth Choir, Youth Fellowship, Ebenezer Cultural Group, local and regional youth leadership training seminars, and the Caribbean Conference of Churches Youth Forums. These experiences and my own spiritual encounter with Jesus Christ created my consciousness of the need to offer myself for Christian service. After a period of three years as a Lay Preacher and thereafter having completed the requisite course of study, I was accepted for ministerial training in 1988.

After four years of theological and ministerial training, I was awarded the Diploma in Ministerial Studies in 1992 at the United Theological College of the West Indies. A few months thereafter, I married Miss. Arlene Timber, a Dutch national, whom I met at a youth seminar in Anguilla in 1985. The union has produced one child, Alton Orane Henry.

The itinerant ministry of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas affirms the motto of John Wesley, “the world is my parish.” Caribbean Methodism has the distinction of ecumenical ministerial training at the United Theological College of the West Indies, Jamaica, since 1967. Men and women having heard the call of God in their homeland from as far North in the archipelago of the Bahamas to Trinidad along with our brothers and sisters from the Americas, all converge into one melting pot overflowing with pluralistic religious experiences yet undoubtedly monotheistic.

True to the spirit of itinerancy, after two years probation, my ordination was not in my homeland Antigua but rather Jamaica in 1995. Thereafter, I was stationed in The Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Conference in 1998, then to the Leeward Islands Conference in 2003 and having served firstly the British Virgin Islands, I am now serving the Curacao Methodist Circuit as Superintendent since 2006.

The itinerant ministry provides a rich cultural experience of which my family is beneficiary but it has not been bereft of its challenges and struggles. Each circuit has its own unique culturally diverse adaptations, such as, economics, social class structure, worship styles, education standards and language. Despite these circumstances however, my performance has been favorable.

Since 1992, opportunities were given to develop pastoral and administrative skills as Chairman of Grateful Hill Circuit Basic School Boards; Chaplain at Excelsior Education Center, Jamaica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; in collaboration with Coke and Spanish Town circuits organized and inaugurated the new Portmore Circuit and became its first superintendent; volunteering as the Cassava River Community Credit Union Supervisory Committee Chairman; and currently Vice- President of the Curacao Council of Churches.

At intervals, while maintaining the pastorate as a circuit Superintendent, I was appointed Children’s Work Secretary, Jamaica District; Secretary of Ministerial Training Committee, BTCI District; Mission, Evangelism and Church Growth Secretary,LID; The Connexional Lay Preacher’s Old Testament Examiner; and Secretary, Leeward Islands District Conference.

My greatest satisfaction comes not from completing the administrative duties but rather from two other areas. Firstly, preaching the word. Secondly, my daily interaction with the youth and elderly of the congregations, sharing a moment of levity, listening to their life stories and where possible offering pastoral guidance to the youth on a path towards spiritual, mental, educational or economic growth.

Recognizing my need for further educational, theological and pastoral development I pursued courses of study and was awarded Mission & Evangelism Certificate (UTCWI), Bachelors and Masters Degrees in theology(UWI).

Speaking and other engagements in the Caribbean and USA have provided reflection that lead to the following:

Articles, Papers and Publications
(a) “ This We Believe” a leaflet presenting the basic doctrinal emphases of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas, 2006
(b) ““Gambling: A viable option for whom?” An article published in the Leeward Islands District Methodist Link Magazine, 2005.
(c) The Vision For Mission” (editor) A Mission Document prepared for the Bahamas/Turks & Caicos Islands Conference, Nassau, Bahamas, January 2003
(d) “The Power of the Spirit: The Prophet and the Obeahman”, Turks and Caicos Islands, January 2002
(e) Through A Glass Darkly: A Pastoral reflection on the White Paper Statement For Dependent Territories, A paper on behalf of the Grand Turk Pastors Fraternal, December 2002
(f) The Logos Ministry: “Discipling the Disciples” A course of Bible study for the laity, Turks & Caicos Islands Methodist Circuit, 2001
(g) “A Prepared Church for the 21st Century” An address given at the Annual National Convention of the New Testament Church of God, Turks & Caicos Islands.
(h) “The Poor in Poverty: The Call to community as a possible Missiological Response to the Poverty of the Poor” A paper presented at Curacao Council of Churches Annual Pastors Forum

Speaking Engagements
(a) “Children have rights Too” a message delivered at the National Children’s Day Service, Jamaica.
(b) “ Responsible Parenting-The Key to Real Development” A message at the launch of “Parents Week” at Cassava River Primary School, St. Catherine, Jamaica.
(c) “Our Heritage: Politics and our Civic Duties” An address at the National Heroes Day celebrations of Glengoffe Secondary School, St. Catherine, Jamaica
(d) “ Youth can Make a difference” A Message at the National Young People Demonstration, Jamaica Methodist District, MICO College, Jamaica.
(e) “Working Together to Serve You Better” An address given at the Turks and Caicos Island Police Force 200th Anniversary Celebrations
(f) “For Such a time as This”, An address at the National Heroes Day Service of Turks & Caicos Islands, 2002
(g) “Tourism is Everybody’s Business: Hospitality at our doorstep”, an address given at the National Service for the launch of tourism week, Turks & Caicos Islands
(h) “Empowerment of the People” an address given at the National Democratic Party 1st Anniversary as government of the British Virgin Islands, 2004
(i) Think Global and Act Local: Possible Approaches For the Development of Marchena and Wishi Communities” An address presented at UNA Symposium.
(j) “Building a Solid Foundation” A message delivered as Vice-President of Curcaco Council of Churches at the wearing Ceremony of the Netherlands Antilles Parliament, 2010.

Lecture
a) “Afro – Caribbean Religious Experiences and the Spiritual Struggle in the process of Self-Understanding”. Black History Month Guest Lecturer, New College, Sarasota, Florida, February 2002


REVEREND DR. NOVELLE CHARLESWORTH JOSIAH

Year of Candidature: 1988

The Reverend Novelle Charlesworth Josiah an Antiguan, the first son born to Antiguan parents Malcolm and Althea Josiah, grew up in the village of Willikies.

He received his formative education at the Willikies Primary School and in his teenage years attended the Pares Secondary School. On graduation, he enrolled in the Engineering Department of the Antigua State College where he majored in Electronics. He graduated in 1984 with Diplomas in Electronics from both the Antigua State College and Humber College, Canada.

Reverend Josiah is a Methodist from birth and was nurtured in the Gilbert Memorial Methodist Church. He has always been very active in the church both at the congregational and circuit levels. In his local setting he served as Church School Teacher, Boys’ Brigade Officer, Youth Fellowship President, Chorister and Congregational Steward. At the Circuit level he was actively involved in the Circuit Youth Council, was a founding member of the Methodist Association of Youth Fellowship Antigua Circuit (MAYFAC) and a Local Preacher. It is therefore no surprise that Reverend Josiah would later answer the call to full time ministry in the Methodist Church. He holds the distinction of being the first and only Methodist Minister that the Gilbert Memorial congregation has produced to date.

In 1988, Reverend Josiah candidated for fulltime ministry of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and started theological training at the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Jamaica. In 1992, he graduated with a Diploma in Ministerial Studies from the UTCWI and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology (Honors) from the UWI, having presented the thesis “Sin and the Caribbean Debt Crisis.” He was ordained to Word and Sacrament in January 1995, at the Phillipsburg Methodist Church, St Maarten.

In 1998, Reverend Josiah enrolled in postgraduate studies with the University of the West Indies, and on the successful completion of these studies was awarded the Master of Philosophy Degree (MPhil) in 2002. His thesis focused on “The Development of Calypso in Antigua and its Continuity with Old Testament Traditions.” In 2003, Reverend Josiah enrolled with the Boston University School of Theology, Massachusetts, USA where he pursued a course of study leading to the Master of Sacred Theology Degree (STM) with concentration in Theology, Philosophy and Ethics. In this instance, his thesis focused on the “The Nature and Extent of Theological Dialogue in the Expansion of the Christian Church between the 15th – 18th centuries.” In January 2010, Reverend Josiah successfully defended the dissertation, “The Tactic Approach: The Key Bastion Towards a Foundation for a Black Philosophy of and for Empowerment,” and was conferred the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) by the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He relishes the thought of writing another thesis on the “Sin of Diminution” borne out of his experiences and looks forward to that time when he can focus on the publishing of his works.

As a minister of religion for some nineteen (19) years, Reverend Josiah has to date pastored some seventeen (17) congregations and has served in the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts, Dutch St Eustatius, and Antigua where he is presently the Superintendent Minister of the Circuit. In all four settings, he can give thanks to God for a rewarding ministry that has left a host of good friends and well wishers in its wake. Reverend Josiah was perhaps the youngest Antiguan and youngest minister in recent times to be appointed Superintendent minister of the Antigua Circuit. He was particularly honored to lead his home circuit.

Reverend Josiah has been married to Hyacinth neé Matthew of Freemansville, Antigua for eighteen years and they are the delighted parents of two sons, Noveke Ché Mali who is 10 years old and Yanik Swen Onaje who is 6 years old.


REVEREND AULRICK CARLWIN GREENAWAY

Year of Candidature: 1990

Reverend Aulrick Carlwin Greenaway is originally from Freetown, Antigua and worshipped at the Freetown Methodist Church, Antigua Circuit, Leeward Islands District. He grew up as a member of the Boys’ Brigade until he became a Lieutenant; a member of the Church School until he became one of its teachers; a member of the Youth Fellowship and became its President, and sang on the Choir. He served also as Sexton, Class Leader and Society Steward.

At the circuit level, Reverend Greenaway served in a number of areas. He was a Local Preacher and he
was a member of the Circuit Youth Council. He served on a number of committees to plan and hold/conduct camps and seminars and other circuit events for the Boys’ Brigade and the Circuit’s Youth Department as a whole. He held the position of President of the Methodist Association of Youth Fellowships, Antigua Circuit (MAYFAC) which he assisted in forming.

Reverend Greenaway candidated for the full time ministry at the 1990 District Synod of the Leeward Islands District that was held in St. Kitts. He began his four (4) year course of study that same year in Jamaica at The United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. In 1994 he graduated with a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology (B.A.) from the UTCWI and UWI respectively.

Reverend Greenaway was then stationed in the Jamaica District where he worked for ten (10 years).

In 2004 Reverend Greenaway went on study leave to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland for one (1) year. There he earned a Master of Theology in Ministry and Mission (Mth). The following year (1995), he was stationed in the Leeward Islands District, Dominica Circuit where he now serves as superintendent Minister.

Reverend Greenaway is married to Erena neé Brodie, who is also from Freetown, Antigua. They have two children, Aleisha and Aulicia.


REVEREND DEREK C.O BROWNE

Year of Candidature: 1991

Reverend Derek C. O. Browne was born on the island of Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean. He is the youngest of four (4) children born to Norman & Daisy Browne.

He was a member of the Baxter Memorial Methodist Church in English Harbour. Reverend Browne received his early childhood education in London, England and completed his primary and secondary education in Antigua.

Reverend Browne was very active in the life of the Methodist Church in Antigua where he served in many leadership capacities. He was the only representative of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas at the Centenary celebrations of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, Africa, and the launching of their Youth Department, in 1991.

Reverend Browne attended the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) in Jamaica from
September 1991 – May 1995. He was awarded the Diploma in Ministerial Studies from UTCWI and the Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theology from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

Upon graduation, Reverend Browne was stationed in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands (BTCI) Conference. His appointment placed him in the Nassau Circuit for three years, where he assumed pastoral responsibility for Providence and Coke Methodist Churches, and later, Heritage of Redeeming Love Methodist Church. Reverend Browne served for three years in the Andros Circuit as Superintendent Minister. He is presently serving as Superintendent Minister of the newly restructured North Turks & Caicos Islands Circuit, and the South Turks & Caicos Islands Circuit, formerly the Turks & Caicos Islands Circuit. He serves as Chairman of the Wesley Methodist School Board of Governors.

He currently serves as Secretary of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands District Conference, and is the President/Bishop Elect of the BTCI Conference, to be inducted effective September 1, 2010.

Reverend Browne is married to Lucia neé Weste from Antigua. They have one daughter, Dericia and one son, Deron.


REVEREND MICHÃEL CHARLES

Year of Candidature: 2009

Reverend Michãel Charles is one of three candidates who were accepted for training as a Presbyter within the Methodist Church by the Leeward Islands District Conference.

He served his first year of probation in the St. Thomas Circuit of the Jamaica District. He entered the United Theological College of the West Indies at the end of August 2010 to pursue the Diploma in Ministerial Studies.

Reverend Charles was born to Claude Charles and Jemma Andrew in Marigot, Dominica on 23 June 1980. He has one sister and brother. He migrated to Antigua in 1986 where he spent most of his life. It was from there that he candidated for the Itinerant Ministry within the Methodist Church in 2008.

He is a graduate of the Clare Hall Secondary School, class of 1997.

In 1998 he offered himself as a Lay Preacher after accepting that God had called him into Ministry. He however, delayed taking the next step for a while but God never gave up on him and exercised much patience like the prodigal’s father. He received his accreditation as a Preacher in 2008. In addition to preaching, he served on several commissions and organisations within the Antigua Circuit and home congregation of Ebenezer.

He is indebted to the many persons over the years that helped to shape him into the man of God he is becoming, as he like Saint Paul press on towards the goal of knowing the man Jesus the Christ.

Rev. Charles is married to Worrellyn neé Frederick and they have one son, Mekhi.

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