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The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC), its National Evangelical Alliances, denominations, churches, members and agencies expresses its’ deepest condolences to the Royal Family, of the House of Windsor, who are mourning the passing of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Furthermore, we express our sincere condolences to the peoples of the United Kingdom and colonies and the Commonwealth, on this the sad passing of their monarch and head, Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th September 2022.

We recognize the sense of dignity, unity and continuity that Queen Elizabeth II represented and the guidance that she gave to the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Her Majesty was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. As the longest-reigning monarch, with 70 years of service, her majesty Queen Elizabeth II was well-respected around the world as an outstanding leader and as a devoted Christian.

May Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in eternal peace.  May God bless HRH King Charles III.

The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean EAC, has appointed its first ever Deputy Secretary General with responsibility for Development. Effective 1st June 2022, Mr. Clovis St. Romain of the EAC’s Antiguan affiliate has taken up the lead role in the Association’s newly created resource development department.

 

A former President of JCI West Indies and current Treasurer of the Antigua-Barbuda Evangelical Alliance (ABEA), Clovis brings to the EAC a wealth of experience in the business world, experience which he gained during more than thirty years in management level positions in companies operating in the commercial sectors in Guyana, St. Kitts Nevis and his adopted home of Antigua-Barbuda.

 

That experience will serve him well in this new role, where he will head up the EAC’s Fund-Raising programme and its efforts to garner the resources needed for its operational arm as well as the many service Commissions and agencies which the Organisation expects to begin rolling out across the Region over the next few months.

 

Speaking of the historic appointment, the EAC’s long-serving Secretary General, Bishop Emerson Boyce described it as “one of several major moves that the Association will be making in our drive to fulfill the outcomes contained in our Roadmap 2023 Strategic Plan”.

 

Mr. Boyce continued: “Clovis has been integrally involved in the EAC’s revitalisation plans which began a few years ago and brings with him a level of passion, knowledge and experience that will serve us and our stakeholders very well as we roll out the tremendous programme that the Lord has given us for transformation of our Caribbean Region”!

 

The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) is headquartered in Trinidad & Tobago and is an affiliate of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), located in New York. The EAC’s mission is to unite Caribbean Evangelicals in purpose, voice and action to disciple our peoples and extend the Kingdom of God across the Caribbean.

Arima, Trinidad

The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) calls on the Church in the Caribbean to pray for all who suffer and for those who have the power to save lives, bring humanitarian aid and protection and for restoration of peace in Ukraine. We also call upon Christians in the Caribbean to pray for those with the power to stop the war and to bring about peace.

The EAC joins with the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) in condemning the violation of international law by Russia and calling for an immediate end to the attacks on Ukraine. Together, we call for respect to the Ukrainian territorial integrity, an end to the hostilities, an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.

Commenting on the continuing situation, Thomas Bucher, General Secretary of the EEA, said, “Both Russia and Ukraine are sovereign nations, having the right to live without fear of attack but also having a duty to live peaceably as neighbors. Given the political and military developments over the past several years, each side may perceive the other as a threat but there is absolutely no justification for the Russian government to continue its interference in Eastern Ukraine or even start an invasion.”

The invasion of Ukraine is both unjustified and unprovoked. Europe has witnessed the horrors of war in the past and has learned that armed conflict and military occupation only bring devastation and suffering. Let us pray for peace between Ukraine and Russia amid the increasing tensions.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Emerson L. Boyce
Secretary General/CEO
info@caribbeanea.org
1.868.708.7595

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Arima, Trinidad – 16 December 2021

The Regional Board and members of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) join with the South Pacific Evangelical Alliance (SPEA), the New Zealand Christian Network and the Evangelical Community of New Zealand, to extend their prayerful support to the family and loved ones of Glyn Carpenter on his passing.

Rev. Emerson Boyce, Secretary General of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) commented: “Glyn, as he was affectionately called was a confident, humble, caring and an intriguing servant who changed the landscape of Christian service among the WEA Regional General Secretaries. He served as the National Director of the New Zealand Christian Network to 2017, and Regional General Secretary of the South Pacific Alliance up to 2019. Glyn was indefatigable in his service for God, possessing an affable personality, and a heart for Christians to work well together, which will be hard to replace among his colleagues, who will dearly miss his forever–smiling face. He leaves behind a legacy of influence in the lives of countless people across New Zealand and the South Pacific.”
We praise God for the Spirit–controlled life, ministry and legacy of Glyn Carpenter. We are praying for his wife, Christine of 39 years, their three sons and grandchildren, family and friends during this difficult time.

We praise God for the Spirit–controlled life, ministry and legacy of Glyn Carpenter. We are praying for his wife, Christine of 39 years, their three sons and grandchildren, family and friends during this difficult time.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Emerson L. Boyce
Secretary General/CEO
info@caribbeanea.org
1.868.708.7595

The Regional Board and members of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) joins the Antigua and Barbuda Evangelical Alliance (ABEA), the Evangelical Community of Antigua and Barbuda and the Leeward–Virgin Islands District of the Church of the Nazarene, to extend their prayerful support to the family, loved ones on the passing of Rev. Joscelyn Martin.

Rev. Emerson Boyce, Secretary General of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) commented: “Pastor Martin, as he was affectionately called was a confident, humble, and an intriguing servant who changed the landscape of Christian service in the All Saints community. He served on the Board of Directors of ABEA as President and up to the time of his passing Director of Relief and Development. Rev. Martin was indefatigable in his ministerial service for God whom he loved dearly and leaves behind a legacy of influence in the lives of countless people across Antigua and Barbuda, within and outside the Caribbean.”

Mr. Clovis St. Romain, General Secretary of ABEA recalls Rev. Martin “as being humble and caring, possessing an affable personality, which will be hard to replace among colleague Ministers and friends who will dearly miss his forever smiling face.”

We praise God for the Spirit–controlled life, ministry and legacy of Rev. Martin.  We are praying for his wife, Sandra of 39 years, their children Josiah and La Fleur, grand children Josiah, Jr. and Raina, family and friends during this difficult time.

 

 

Arima, Trinidad and Tobago – August 10, 2021

The Regional Board and members of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) joins the Evangelical Community of Antigua and Barbuda to extend their prayerful support to the family, loved ones and nation of Antigua and Barbuda, on the passing of Sir Lester Bird, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

Sir Lester Bird
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Rev. Emerson Boyce, Secretary General of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) commented: “Sir Lester Bird, a great son of the soil, contributed significantly to the socio–economic development of Antigua and Barbuda. Caribbean leaders acclaim as the architect of modern Antigua, responsible for successfully transitioning the country from an economy dependent on a defunct sugar industry into one of the leading tourism centres in the world.”

Under his stewardship, Antigua and Barbuda became a high–income country, transforming the quality of jobs, housing, and introducing high–end tourist resorts.

He was a keen sportsman, with a great passion for cricket and a superb pace bowler. He represented Antigua and the West Indies and won a bronze medal for long jump at the 1957 Pan American Games.

Sir Lester, a committed regionalist, was highly instrumental in establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). He was a great orator and a progressive thinker whose vast experience and political knowledge served the people of the Caribbean well in the councils of CARICOM.

We are praying for his family, friends and the nation of Antigua and Barbuda during this difficult time.

The Regional Board and members of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) joins the Evangelical Community of Trinidad and Tobago to extend their prayerful support to the family, loved ones and the Family Focus Family Broadcasting Network, on the passing of gospel radio pioneer, Rev. Dr. Margaret Elcock.

Rev. Dr. Margaret Elcock

Rev. Emerson Boyce, Secretary General of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) commented: “Margaret was a confident, humble, and an intriguing woman who changed the landscape of broadcasting in Trinidad and Tobago. She was President/CEO of Family Focus Broadcasting Network and I.S.A.A.C 98.1FM, which was the first Christian Radio Station in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Elcock lived for God whom she loved dearly. She used media and her God–given skills to promote, rebuild and shape family life in the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. She leaves behind a legacy of influence in the lives of countless people within and outside the Caribbean.”

We praise God for the Christ-controlled life and legacy of Margaret Elcock. We are praying for her husband, children, family and friends during this difficult time.

Rev. Dr. Joel Edwards

The Rev. Dr. Joel Edwards passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was a son of the Caribbean. Jamaican by birth, he migrated to the United Kingdom as a young boy. He was able to transcend barriers of migration, class, ethnicity and racism to excel within ecclesiastical circles and public offices.

Many in the Caribbean were not fully exposed to the breadth of his illustrious ministry, although he was well known to the members of the New Testament Church of God, Jamaica and leaders of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC). In 2009, Caribbean leaders were privilege to hear him when he was the guest of the Congress on Evangelization of the Caribbean (CONECAR) in Jamaica. He was a colleague to the late Bertril Baird, Turnel Nelson, and Dr. Myles Monroe and he participated at the International Third World Leaders Association in the Bahamas.

When you view the tributes pouring in from the heads of the New Testament Church of God, the Evangelical Alliance UK, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and civic, government and political leaders from all over the world one have to ask, ‘what manner of man is this’?

Rev. Emerson Boyce, the Secretary General, Evangelical Association of the Caribbean recalls “Joel as a genuine Christian, affable, a biblical exegetical speaker and one passionate about Christian Missions”.

Bishop Gerry Seale, of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies and former head of the EAC called him “a consummate gentleman and an elder statesman to many young ministers. His presence always made a difference”.

Dr. David Muir, Head of Whitelands College, Roehampton University, London, England, points to Joel’s unique contribution to Christendom when he quotes Joel’s words “Evangelicals are to be good news people who would reimagine themselves as good news citizens integral to our communities and the public square”.

That was Joel’s life and ministry, which he shared as he served in the following capacities over a period of 42 years:

  • Senior pastor of Mile End New Testament Church of God,
  • Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, London
  • Director, the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (UK)
  • Director, UK Development of the Evangelical Alliance
  • General Director, Evangelical Alliance UK
  • Director of Micah Challenge International, a coalition of Christian development agencies
  • Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham
  • Awarded a CBE by the Queen for services to tackling poverty and injustice
  • Appointed by the Church of England to establish a racial justice commission
  • Appointed a commissioner for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission of the British Government.
  • Appointed to the Advisory Board on Human Rights and Religious Freedom with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Appointed to the London Metropolitan Police’s Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
  • Consultant/Advisor Christian Solidarity Worldwide CSW’s Strategic Leadership Team, Board and staff on the relationship between the persecuted Church, freedom of religion or belief and wider human rights.

Apart from these formal roles, Joel was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and a popular broadcaster, speaker, writer and commentator on race, the Church and current affairs.

He was indefatigable in his Christian service and publicly a Caribbean Christian Statesman extraordinaire.

For me, Dr. Joel Edwards was my friend and confidante for near on 40 years. I will miss our personal musings about Caribbean missionaries serving in Africa, black theology and the challenge of home and ministry balance. He will be surely missed as a diplomatic and prophetic voice. His last question to me in February this year was, “how do we bring the vision of W.E.B. DuBois and the Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey together?” Although he was an international personality, the Caribbean was always close to his heart. Our prayers are with his wife, Carol, his children Joel Jr. and Davina and his grandchildren.

Written by Rev. Ronald A. Nathan
Director of the Commission on Relief and Development
Evangelical Association of the Caribbean

Senior Minister of the Hoggard A.M./E. Zion Church, Jackson, Barbados

Earlier this week, Dr. Reynold Murray, President of the Association of Evangelical Churches in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (AECSVG), reported on the impact of the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on April 9, 2021.

Dr. Murray and the AECSVG are partnering with local congregations and EAC members to assist the 1600 displaced and vulnerable families. He has asked you to join with the AECSVG in prayer that in the midst of the disaster believers would display the love of Jesus to bring peace and transformation.

The most urgent need the people of St. Vincent need is access to clean water, and relief from the ash, which poses a health and safety challenge. The amount of ash, which spewed from the La Soufrière, resulted in collapsing roofs and affecting Barbados and other neighbouring islands.

Please support Dr. Murray and the EACSVG with your prayers.

Should you feel led to support the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, you can donate here.

Relief for St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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