The Post Road Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in North Eastern St. Catherine, may be small, but their love for God and the community appears to be mighty indeed.
It was that love that inspired the congregation of approximately 70 men, women and children to unite hands, heart and resources to complete the church building in time for its dedication.
Post Road Seventh-day Adventist was established in 1976, after ten weeks of power filled preaching, and 24 precious souls were baptized.
Four years later, in 1980, the group was organized into a Sabbath School, under the leadership of Pastor John Lyle.
Pastor Lyle left shortly afterward, and Pastor O. B. McKenzie guided the church forward that saw the members worshiping in their new building on February 11, 1982.Since that time, the plans for the church dedication has always been a vision of the members.
This vision became reality on Sunday August 26, 2018 under the leadership of Pastor David Riley (who served from 2014- 2018).
Pastor David Riley said the church was being dedicated to God and to the welfare of the community.
“This is a significant and happy occasion,” he said. “It will be a home for this church family, and every inch will be filled with the blessings of God.”
Main Speaker for the occasion, Dr. Meric Walker, Executive Secretary of the Jamaica Union (JAMU) commended the Church for the milestone reached and reminded them of their purpose.
“Congratulations Post Road, you are the light needed to dispel the darkness in your community, let your light shine,” he said.
Meanwhile, in bringing greetings, Councillor William Sytall, commended the Church on the initiative and emphasized that it is fundamental to the spiritual development of all citizens”.
“I am very pleased to be part of such an important achievement in the life of this community as we seek to provide spiritual nurture to all, especially young minds who are tomorrow's leaders,” he noted.
Pastor Riley said that the building project began more than a year ago and was made possible with the help of the CJC administration and the many committed and faithful members.
“We ran into crossroads, intersections and major delays, but God brought us through it, and we praise him for His goodness and thank all who assisted us” he said.
The church in showing its appreciation for the contribution from its members presented an award of appreciation to Dorothy Simmonds cousin of late Rufus Hyatt who willingly gave the spot on which the church now stands.
Pastors Levi Johnson and Billy Watson, Treasurer of CJC did the Act of Dedication while Pastor Nevail Barrett said the Dedicatory Prayer.