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CGB Baptist Church ordains new stewards of the Gospel

Ordained - Rev. Dr. Melvin A. Turnbull offers a prayer for Rev. Dr Michael A. Turnbull and his wife Shondrea N. Turnbull. Photo:VINO
The 'other' Ministers - Ministers of Government at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church Ordination service [L-R Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, Hon. Archibald C. Christian, Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering.] Photo:VINO
The 'other' Ministers - Ministers of Government at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church Ordination service [L-R Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, Hon. Archibald C. Christian, Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering.] Photo:VINO
Some of the Ministers before they were ordained [L-R Rev. Dr. Michael A. Turnbull, Shondrea N. Turnbull, Ethlyn Rhymer and Arvan Hodge at extreme right] Photo:VINO
Some of the Ministers before they were ordained [L-R Rev. Dr. Michael A. Turnbull, Shondrea N. Turnbull, Ethlyn Rhymer and Arvan Hodge at extreme right] Photo:VINO
[L-R Melvin M. Turnbull & wife, Kelvin Scatliffe & wife, Ronald Wishart & wife.] Photo:VINO
[L-R Melvin M. Turnbull & wife, Kelvin Scatliffe & wife, Ronald Wishart & wife.] Photo:VINO
A section of the gathering at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church. Photo:VINO
A section of the gathering at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church. Photo:VINO
Hon. J. Alvin Christopher (left) and Hon. Julian Fraser RA at the service. Photo:VINO
Hon. J. Alvin Christopher (left) and Hon. Julian Fraser RA at the service. Photo:VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – “I hereby now declare and commend you to the churches and to the brethren everywhere…” These were the special words of Rev. Dr Melvin A. Turnbull, Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church as he presided over the ordination of several members of his congregation yesterday, January 27, 2013.

Among those being conferred with new authority in the church were, Pastor Arvan Hodge, Pastor Ethlyn Rhymer, Pastor Rev. Dr Michael A. Turnbull, Minister Texford John, Minister Melvin M. Turnbull, Minister Shondrea N Turnbull, Evangelist Kelvin Scatliffe and Evangelist Ronald Wishart.

Rev. Dr Melvin A. Turnbull told the congregation, “whenever we have the opportunity to release such men and women of such calibre into our society, it can only be better, it can only be enhanced.” He then released them to God to do His work.

The ordained Ministers received certificates that allowed them to preside over weddings and other similar official ceremonies that other ordained Ministers around the Territory were qualified to perform.

They received the prayers and blessings of other Ministers from various churches around the Territory as they prepared to receive their certificates.

“It’s been a long journey for these candidates,” Rev. Dr Melvin A. Turnbull said, “I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with them, not just yesterday, but for quite a while. We strongly believe that times are serious, we also understand the demands of Ministry and so we believe in not just conferring titles, but that each title is a function under-girded by preparation.”

He said that there were times that the candidates felt like giving up, but the church won’t let them give up and “God certainly kept them.”

The candidates were also each asked to give a brief testimony of their individual journey to salvation and how they came to find the love of God and how this love eventually led to Ministry in the Church.

Among the attendees at the ceremony were Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, At Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian, Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA and First District Representative Hon. J. Alvin Christopher.

Congratulatory messages came from Governor William B. McCleary, Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, among others.

20 Responses to “CGB Baptist Church ordains new stewards of the Gospel”

  • ccc (28/01/2013, 14:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    what a wonderful service
  • DON Q (28/01/2013, 14:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    One should not mix church and state yall
    • church (28/01/2013, 15:01) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      We seem to forget that the Church is the head of the state!
      • Hmmmm (28/01/2013, 20:34) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        The Church is the people my dear. This Religion thing will continue to kill you folks!!
    • sayso (28/01/2013, 15:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's not true yall
    • gun (28/01/2013, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who You?
      • Joy (29/01/2013, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        - "Righteousness Exalteth a nation (people) but sin is a reproach to any people".

        Virgin Islanders needs to embrace Righteousness throughout its hierarchies. Then our joy will be restored.

    • October man (29/01/2013, 02:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY JUST SING A SONG THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN
  • cane garden bay (28/01/2013, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to the new men of the cloth
    • Qball (29/01/2013, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nuff Respect Minister Mitch - Looking on in Awe...God Bless You!!! Keep Going!!!
  • good to great (28/01/2013, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the church now finds her voice
  • lyric (28/01/2013, 18:59) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Check Fraser shape up man. LMAO!!! The barber use a vincy machete on he man..lordie..
  • ABC (28/01/2013, 19:07) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where is Claud Cline Skelton in all of this? Has he fallen from Grace? Hmmm
  • Hear ting! (28/01/2013, 19:22) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    How come all of a sudden every preacher is Dr. This or Dr. That? Where they get these doctor titles? I tell you, when somebody come to one of these Doctor with a sore foot or running belly they will stop. Seek not personal glory. Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven.
    • TO: Hear ting! (29/01/2013, 02:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Or just shut up better yet you jealous no body call yu Dr. eh? Try calling yourself ah dr
  • steel man (29/01/2013, 02:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a marvelous service. I honor all who is now ordained as your expectation are higher AMEN
  • church memeber (29/01/2013, 15:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So good to see young men taken up the gospel of Jesus their dad must be proud!
  • 1 (29/01/2013, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Speaking of the church..Yaaawn


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