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The ‘New’ Newport District of Churches Welcomes Pastor Devon Champier

Published: 08-08-2018 |

The Central Jamaica Conference has reorganized the Newport District of Churches. Formerly Newport A and Newport B, the Districts are now Newport and Grove Town.

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Elders of the Newport District of Churches along with Pastor Billy Watson (7th from left), and Pastor Devon Champier (8th from left) | Credits: Garfield Forbes

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On Sabbath afternoon, August 4, 2018, the “new” Newport District of Churches, which includes Newport, Rest Store, Port Mahoe and Blenheim Town, welcomed Pastor Devon Champier, who was installed as the District Pastor for the next four years.

Pastor Billy Watson, Treasurer of Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) officiated at the afternoon installation service.

In his remarks, Watson shared the strategic plans of the Conference for the next four years, driven by the theme “God’s Plan – Our Mission”. He outlined plans for ‘Mission Project 2019’ and solicited the support of each member as emphasis is placed on impacting lives with Total Member Involvement.

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Pastor Devon Champier addresses the congregation during his first sermon in his capacity as Pastor of the Newport District | Credits: Garfield Forbes, Manchester

Pastor Champier in his response after being installed, reminded the congregation of where we are coming from as a church.

“I believe with all my heart that this is God’s Church...every member of this Church must recognize you have a part to play in fulfilling the mission...” In his closing call to commitment, he quoted Ellen White “that not one in twenty whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history and would be as verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner” and expressed the hope that this prophecy may not fulfil on us.

“I am looking forward to working with the brethren.  The primary focus is evangelism, but along with that we have to build the brethren, so that they become solid – not just Christians but disciples of Jesus, knowing what their responsibilities are,” added Champier.

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Pastor Champier being welcomed by Elder Dexter Williams of the Rest Store Church | Credits: Garfield Forbes, Manchester

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Elder Dexter Williams of the Rest Store Church, in officially welcoming Pastor Champier on behalf of the District, noted that “we commit to working alongside you as we accomplish the work of advancing the Kingdom this side of the vineyard…we promise to hold up the prophet’s hand when we come to the brink of the Red Sea…we assure you of our cooperating in carrying out the mandate of the worldwide church, Jamaica Union and Central Jamaica Conference”

The Churches in south Manchester have gone through many transitions in the past thirty years, when it was once dubbed “the mighty south”, with thirteen (13) churches. Changes have seen a split to “Knockpatrick” and “Newport Districts”, then the Newport District was adjusted to “Newport A and B”.

The District said goodbye to Pastor Delroy Bicknell who served since October 2014.

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