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Changing of the Guard at the Adventist Conference

A new president and executive secretary, Pastors Reinaldo Dracket and Jeff Jefferson, respectively, have been formally appointed to lead the Adventist Church in the Cayman Islands.

The two incoming officers, along with currently serving Chief Financial Officer John Wesley, bear overall responsibility for the administration of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The installation and consecration ceremony for the two incoming administrators took place Saturday afternoon (July 21, 2018) at the Kings Church. The service was attended by a capacity audience comprising members of Adventist churches across the three islands and officials from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), the church’s regional headquarters in Nassau, Bahamas.

ATCU was represented by Pastor Peter Kerr, himself recently elected as the new president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), Dr Cheryl Rolle, executive secretary, and Roderick Sands, ATCU’s chief financial officer.

In his remarks, Pastor Dracket thanked Pastor O’Connor, who formerly served as president, for his dedicated service. “Certainly, God has blessed Pastor O’Connor with some special leadership abilities…. [A]s a result this Conference has truly experienced many improvements and growth to the glory of God.”

Pastor Dracket said that his team would “continue to build on the foundation of faithful laymen and laywomen throughout the more than 100 years” since the church was established in the Cayman Islands. He appealed to members, in particular the youth, to maintain a posture of total involvement in the church’s objectives and goals.

Pastor Dracket has served as a pastor for more than 35 years, thirty in the Cayman Islands, inclusive of nine as Conference executive secretary. In addition, he has directed many of the various ministries administered by the Church.

Born in Costa Rica, Pastor Dracket is a graduate of Northern Caribbean University, then known as West Indies College, in Mandeville, Jamaica, and Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Pastor Jefferson joined the Cayman Conference in 2012 from his homeland Jamaica where he had served for 15 years in the capacity of pastor/evangelist, among other ministerial roles.

Locally, in addition to pastoring several churches, he has also administered various ministries and has served in various other roles, including spiritual coordinator of Cayman Academy and chairman of the Conference’s Communications Board. He is a graduate of the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary and Northern Caribbean University.

Presenting the homily at the consecration service, ATCU president Pastor Peter Kerr, himself having recently served for nearly eight years as ATCU’s executive secretary and for more than 30 years as a pastor and departmental director, reminded the incoming administrators that they “were servants of the people.”

There is “no place for a king in the church,” Pastor Kerr said.

The recently appointed ATCU president reflected on expectations by way of service and influence, and called upon the members of the new team to take all their concerns and needs to God in prayer.

“When God is leading you, the people will know it—they will see it and feel it—and God will be glorified in the church,” Pastor Kerr said.

As part of the installation of Pastors Dracket and Jefferson, Dr Rolle administered the Leadership Pledge that included, among other commitments, an acceptance that the assignment was “a sacred trust which is to be used for the glory of God.”

The pastors pledged to “strive for excellence” and to “commit to the principles of shared leadership in the church.” As such, they pledged to “demonstrate a spirit of cooperation and openness with colleagues, realizing that in a multitude of counsel, there is wisdom.”

Following the signing of the leadership pledge, Pastors Dracket and Jefferson were welcomed by long-serving elder, Courtney Perrin, on behalf of the elders, and Pastor Ivor Harry, Education and Family Life Ministries Director, on behalf of the pastoral team.

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