On Saturday, January 19, 1994 General Council (the highest governing body of the AGA) met as usual to conduct discussion and decision-making on the business of the Association.  The meeting was convened at Rehoboth and Rev. Kevin Llewellyn who was slated to conduct the devotional session, shared on the need for revival.  Prior to this meeting, from as early as 1991, fervent prayers had been going up for desired change to take place relating to matters of governance within the denomination.  In fact, Chairman, Albert Karram had himself voiced the need for change.

It was amidst this air of expectancy and desire for change that the leaders had now met for Council, agenda prepared, and ready to move forward.  But, as it turned out, God had “other plans”.  Council erupted into spontaneous, impassioned prayer and petition for such an extended period of time, that the agenda items were put on hold.  Even after attempts to get back to them, it seemed that what was on God’s agenda was in fact –more prayer.  Finally, Council asked the Executive Board to meet separately while the rest stayed and prayed.  When they returned, they were encircled and committed to God through the continued prayers of the Council members, including Evangelist Devene McLean from Denbigh.  Eventually, Council broke at about 3:30 p.m. for lunch and dismissal.

Council met again on Wednesday, February 5, 1994 to now deal with the agenda items, which had been shelved.  There was an air of cautiousness and expectancy as the leaders waited on God to direct the way forward.  Very few items of business were discussed, but the nominating committee was soon on its way to presenting a new slate of possible leaders.  At this time, the existing Executive Board was dissolved.  Change was instituted as to how the Executive Board would be constituted.  Under the new system, ten persons would be elected to pre-determined portfolios, each with a job description.  The Board would now consist of ten persons –five officers and five directors.

Governance
Prior to 1994, the nominating committee would consist of two Board members and one member from the floor.  This committee would then select twelve persons to serve, and those twelve would later decide among themselves who would be Chairman, and what portfolio each would hold.  There were the offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Schools and Director of Home Missions.  The other six positions were Members-at-large.

The nominating committee, which at this time consisted of Donovan Cole (floor), Kevin Llewellyn (floor) and Wilfred James (Board member), returned with their slate of ten, as follows:

(The title was changed from Chairman to President.)

President                –    Rev. Peter Garth
1st Vice President              –     Rev. Dr. Carlton Dennis
2nd Vice President              –    Rev. Dudley Bragg
Secretary                –    Rev. Ewart Watson
Treasurer                –    Elder Phillip Silvera
Director of Schools            –    Pastor Albert Karram (Life Member)
Director of Missions & Evangelism      –     Rev. Henry White  (Life Member)
Director of Pastoral Concerns        –    Elder Leslie Hamilton
Director of Public Relations        –    Elder Kermit Tucker
Director of Christian Education    –    Rev. Lance Lewis

In his usual impassioned way of speaking, Pastor George Headlam (now deceased) called on Council to accept en bloc the recommendation of the nominating committee.  Council agreed.

Among the first actions of the new President, Rev. Peter Garth was the reopening of the AGA Head Office at 15 Dunrobin Avenue, Kingston 10.

Bible/Theological Training
Transformation has also taken place in the area of training of Pastors.  Some of the founding fathers felt that attendance at Bible Colleges or receiving any kind of theological training was unnecessary, and therefore did not promote this kind of preparation for ministry.  Today, not only are Pastors required to have a sense of call to the ministry but some degree of theological training and preparation for the pastorate is mandatory.  Pastors are also given a proper service of installation by the denomination, into their respective pastorates.

Women
The denomination’s posture regarding women has also seen significant transformation.  Sis. Olive White started the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and served as President for 17 years.  However, up to 1991, women were not allowed to attend General Council.  They were allowed to read the report of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and then leave the meeting.  This practice was found to be contrary to the stipulations found in the AGA Handbook which allowed for leaders of all the auxiliaries to be in attendance—as Rev. Carlton Dennis was at pains to point out.

In 1998 by decision of Council, women were allowed to be appointed as deacons.  Women, such as Sister Joyce Reeves after the 1988 passing of Pastor Fitz B. Reeves at Denbigh, though not serving formally as pastors have led churches in the denomination.  Today, Sis. Hyacinth Peart serves as Pastoral Concerns Director on the Executive Board of the Association.

Women were also thought to be accountable for the purity within the church, as they were to be blamed for immorality considered to result from their immodest dress.  Thankfully, today women and men recognize that the responsibility to maintain purity within the church rests on all our shoulders.  Modesty of dress for both men and women is emphasized.

Divine Healing
Founding father, Bro. Stanley Harris did not believe in medicine.  Early teaching in the denomination had a leaning towards seeking divine healing outside of the use of medicine and attendance to doctors.  While we do believe that God heals supernaturally, the AGA also acknowledges that God also enacts healing through medicine and the wisdom He gives to those in the medical profession.  In fact, the AGA presently has medical doctors, nurses and other persons working in the health services in several of its congregations.

Polity
Since the 1990s the churches have become more associated, though they remain autonomous.  There is a greater emphasis on, and awareness of the need for unity and there is recognition that in the midst of autonomy, the Executive Board still has rights over the local churches.

Education
The AGA has certainly had a transforming effect on the nation’s education system.  In the early 1950s, Henry White and Albert Karram had a gentleman’s agreement that the former would concentrate on churches and the latter on schools.  Albert Karram served on the Board of Merl Grove High School from its inception until ill health made him unable to function.  Dunrobin High School, Dunrobin Preparatory School, Dunrobin Primary School, Edith Dalton Secondary/High School and a myriad of Basic Schools across the island have had immeasurable impact on the education of our youth.

With the input of Clive Afflick and Clinton Hoffenden (Church of the Firstborn) the AGA played a major role in having the Evangelical Training Association’s program of training for lay leadership introduced at the Jamaica Theological Seminary.  Today, the AGA has instituted its own ETA program that is on par with that offered at the Seminary.

Jamaica Association of Evangelicals

Henry White was a founding member of the Jamaica Association of Evangelicals (then known as the Jamaica Association of Evangelical Churches) and was appointed life member.

The AGA has made extensive contributions to National Crusades in Jamaica from the 1950’s spurred on by White, Albert Karram and Curtis Cole, and more recently under the leadership of Peter Garth.  These crusades include those with Barry Moore, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, and Louis Palau.

On Saturday, January 19, 1994 General Council (the highest governing body of the AGA) met as usual to conduct discussion and decision-making on the business of the Association.  The meeting was convened at Rehoboth and Rev. Kevin Llewellyn who was slated to conduct the devotional session, shared on the need for revival.  Prior to this meeting, from as early as 1991, fervent prayers had been going up for desired change to take place relating to matters of governance within the denomination.  In fact, Chairman, Albert Karram had himself voiced the need for change.

It was amidst this air of expectancy and desire for change that the leaders had now met for Council, agenda prepared, and ready to move forward.  But, as it turned out, God had “other plans”.  Council erupted into spontaneous, impassioned prayer and petition for such an extended period of time, that the agenda items were put on hold.  Even after attempts to get back to them, it seemed that what was on God’s agenda was in fact –more prayer.  Finally, Council asked the Executive Board to meet separately while the rest stayed and prayed.  When they returned, they were encircled and committed to God through the continued prayers of the Council members, including Evangelist Devene McLean from Denbigh.  Eventually, Council broke at about 3:30 p.m. for lunch and dismissal.

Council met again on Wednesday, February 5, 1994 to now deal with the agenda items, which had been shelved.  There was an air of cautiousness and expectancy as the leaders waited on God to direct the way forward.  Very few items of business were discussed, but the nominating committee was soon on its way to presenting a new slate of possible leaders.  At this time, the existing Executive Board was dissolved.  Change was instituted as to how the Executive Board would be constituted.  Under the new system, ten persons would be elected to pre-determined portfolios, each with a job description.  The Board would now consist of ten persons –five officers and five directors.

Governance
Prior to 1994, the nominating committee would consist of two Board members and one member from the floor.  This committee would then select twelve persons to serve, and those twelve would later decide among themselves who would be Chairman, and what portfolio each would hold.  There were the offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Schools and Director of Home Missions.  The other six positions were Members-at-large.

The nominating committee, which at this time consisted of Donovan Cole (floor), Kevin Llewellyn (floor) and Wilfred James (Board member), returned with their slate of ten, as follows:

(The title was changed from Chairman to President.)

President                –    Rev. Peter Garth
1st Vice President              –     Rev. Dr. Carlton Dennis
2nd Vice President              –    Rev. Dudley Bragg
Secretary                –    Rev. Ewart Watson
Treasurer                –    Elder Phillip Silvera
Director of Schools            –    Pastor Albert Karram (Life Member)
Director of Missions & Evangelism      –     Rev. Henry White  (Life Member)
Director of Pastoral Concerns        –    Elder Leslie Hamilton
Director of Public Relations        –    Elder Kermit Tucker
Director of Christian Education    –    Rev. Lance Lewis

In his usual impassioned way of speaking, Pastor George Headlam (now deceased) called on Council to accept en bloc the recommendation of the nominating committee.  Council agreed.

Among the first actions of the new President, Rev. Peter Garth was the reopening of the AGA Head Office at 15 Dunrobin Avenue, Kingston 10.

Bible/Theological Training
Transformation has also taken place in the area of training of Pastors.  Some of the founding fathers felt that attendance at Bible Colleges or receiving any kind of theological training was unnecessary, and therefore did not promote this kind of preparation for ministry.  Today, not only are Pastors required to have a sense of call to the ministry but some degree of theological training and preparation for the pastorate is mandatory.  Pastors are also given a proper service of installation by the denomination, into their respective pastorates.

Women
The denomination’s posture regarding women has also seen significant transformation.  Sis. Olive White started the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and served as President for 17 years.  However, up to 1991, women were not allowed to attend General Council.  They were allowed to read the report of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and then leave the meeting.  This practice was found to be contrary to the stipulations found in the AGA Handbook which allowed for leaders of all the auxiliaries to be in attendance—as Rev. Carlton Dennis was at pains to point out.

In 1998 by decision of Council, women were allowed to be appointed as deacons.  Women, such as Sister Joyce Reeves after the 1988 passing of Pastor Fitz B. Reeves at Denbigh, though not serving formally as pastors have led churches in the denomination.  Today, Sis. Hyacinth Peart serves as Pastoral Concerns Director on the Executive Board of the Association.

Women were also thought to be accountable for the purity within the church, as they were to be blamed for immorality considered to result from their immodest dress.  Thankfully, today women and men recognize that the responsibility to maintain purity within the church rests on all our shoulders.  Modesty of dress for both men and women is emphasized.

Divine Healing
Founding father, Bro. Stanley Harris did not believe in medicine.  Early teaching in the denomination had a leaning towards seeking divine healing outside of the use of medicine and attendance to doctors.  While we do believe that God heals supernaturally, the AGA also acknowledges that God also enacts healing through medicine and the wisdom He gives to those in the medical profession.  In fact, the AGA presently has medical doctors, nurses and other persons working in the health services in several of its congregations.

Polity
Since the 1990s the churches have become more associated, though they remain autonomous.  There is a greater emphasis on, and awareness of the need for unity and there is recognition that in the midst of autonomy, the Executive Board still has rights over the local churches.

Education
The AGA has certainly had a transforming effect on the nation’s education system.  In the early 1950s, Henry White and Albert Karram had a gentleman’s agreement that the former would concentrate on churches and the latter on schools.  Albert Karram served on the Board of Merl Grove High School from its inception until ill health made him unable to function.  Dunrobin High School, Dunrobin Preparatory School, Dunrobin Primary School, Edith Dalton Secondary/High School and a myriad of Basic Schools across the island have had immeasurable impact on the education of our youth.

With the input of Clive Afflick and Clinton Hoffenden (Church of the Firstborn) the AGA played a major role in having the Evangelical Training Association’s program of training for lay leadership introduced at the Jamaica Theological Seminary.  Today, the AGA has instituted its own ETA program that is on par with that offered at the Seminary.

Jamaica Association of Evangelicals

Henry White was a founding member of the Jamaica Association of Evangelicals (then known as the Jamaica Association of Evangelical Churches) and was appointed life member.

The AGA has made extensive contributions to National Crusades in Jamaica from the 1950’s spurred on by White, Albert Karram and Curtis Cole, and more recently under the leadership of Peter Garth.  These crusades include those with Barry Moore, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, and Louis Palau.

On Saturday, January 19, 1994 General Council (the highest governing body of the AGA) met as usual to conduct discussion and decision-making on the business of the Association.  The meeting was convened at Rehoboth and Rev. Kevin Llewellyn who was slated to conduct the devotional session, shared on the need for revival.  Prior to this meeting, from as early as 1991, fervent prayers had been going up for desired change to take place relating to matters of governance within the denomination.  In fact, Chairman, Albert Karram had himself voiced the need for change.

It was amidst this air of expectancy and desire for change that the leaders had now met for Council, agenda prepared, and ready to move forward.  But, as it turned out, God had “other plans”.  Council erupted into spontaneous, impassioned prayer and petition for such an extended period of time, that the agenda items were put on hold.  Even after attempts to get back to them, it seemed that what was on God’s agenda was in fact –more prayer.  Finally, Council asked the Executive Board to meet separately while the rest stayed and prayed.  When they returned, they were encircled and committed to God through the continued prayers of the Council members, including Evangelist Devene McLean from Denbigh.  Eventually, Council broke at about 3:30 p.m. for lunch and dismissal.

Council met again on Wednesday, February 5, 1994 to now deal with the agenda items, which had been shelved.  There was an air of cautiousness and expectancy as the leaders waited on God to direct the way forward.  Very few items of business were discussed, but the nominating committee was soon on its way to presenting a new slate of possible leaders.  At this time, the existing Executive Board was dissolved.  Change was instituted as to how the Executive Board would be constituted.  Under the new system, ten persons would be elected to pre-determined portfolios, each with a job description.  The Board would now consist of ten persons –five officers and five directors.

Governance
Prior to 1994, the nominating committee would consist of two Board members and one member from the floor.  This committee would then select twelve persons to serve, and those twelve would later decide among themselves who would be Chairman, and what portfolio each would hold.  There were the offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Schools and Director of Home Missions.  The other six positions were Members-at-large.

The nominating committee, which at this time consisted of Donovan Cole (floor), Kevin Llewellyn (floor) and Wilfred James (Board member), returned with their slate of ten, as follows:

(The title was changed from Chairman to President.)

President                –    Rev. Peter Garth
1st Vice President              –     Rev. Dr. Carlton Dennis
2nd Vice President              –    Rev. Dudley Bragg
Secretary                –    Rev. Ewart Watson
Treasurer                –    Elder Phillip Silvera
Director of Schools            –    Pastor Albert Karram (Life Member)
Director of Missions & Evangelism      –     Rev. Henry White  (Life Member)
Director of Pastoral Concerns        –    Elder Leslie Hamilton
Director of Public Relations        –    Elder Kermit Tucker
Director of Christian Education    –    Rev. Lance Lewis

In his usual impassioned way of speaking, Pastor George Headlam (now deceased) called on Council to accept en bloc the recommendation of the nominating committee.  Council agreed.

Among the first actions of the new President, Rev. Peter Garth was the reopening of the AGA Head Office at 15 Dunrobin Avenue, Kingston 10.

Bible/Theological Training
Transformation has also taken place in the area of training of Pastors.  Some of the founding fathers felt that attendance at Bible Colleges or receiving any kind of theological training was unnecessary, and therefore did not promote this kind of preparation for ministry.  Today, not only are Pastors required to have a sense of call to the ministry but some degree of theological training and preparation for the pastorate is mandatory.  Pastors are also given a proper service of installation by the denomination, into their respective pastorates.

Women
The denomination’s posture regarding women has also seen significant transformation.  Sis. Olive White started the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and served as President for 17 years.  However, up to 1991, women were not allowed to attend General Council.  They were allowed to read the report of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and then leave the meeting.  This practice was found to be contrary to the stipulations found in the AGA Handbook which allowed for leaders of all the auxiliaries to be in attendance—as Rev. Carlton Dennis was at pains to point out.

In 1998 by decision of Council, women were allowed to be appointed as deacons.  Women, such as Sister Joyce Reeves after the 1988 passing of Pastor Fitz B. Reeves at Denbigh, though not serving formally as pastors have led churches in the denomination.  Today, Sis. Hyacinth Peart serves as Pastoral Concerns Director on the Executive Board of the Association.

Women were also thought to be accountable for the purity within the church, as they were to be blamed for immorality considered to result from their immodest dress.  Thankfully, today women and men recognize that the responsibility to maintain purity within the church rests on all our shoulders.  Modesty of dress for both men and women is emphasized.

Divine Healing
Founding father, Bro. Stanley Harris did not believe in medicine.  Early teaching in the denomination had a leaning towards seeking divine healing outside of the use of medicine and attendance to doctors.  While we do believe that God heals supernaturally, the AGA also acknowledges that God also enacts healing through medicine and the wisdom He gives to those in the medical profession.  In fact, the AGA presently has medical doctors, nurses and other persons working in the health services in several of its congregations.

Polity
Since the 1990s the churches have become more associated, though they remain autonomous.  There is a greater emphasis on, and awareness of the need for unity and there is recognition that in the midst of autonomy, the Executive Board still has rights over the local churches.

Education
The AGA has certainly had a transforming effect on the nation’s education system.  In the early 1950s, Henry White and Albert Karram had a gentleman’s agreement that the former would concentrate on churches and the latter on schools.  Albert Karram served on the Board of Merl Grove High School from its inception until ill health made him unable to function.  Dunrobin High School, Dunrobin Preparatory School, Dunrobin Primary School, Edith Dalton Secondary/High School and a myriad of Basic Schools across the island have had immeasurable impact on the education of our youth.

With the input of Clive Afflick and Clinton Hoffenden (Church of the Firstborn) the AGA played a major role in having the Evangelical Training Association’s program of training for lay leadership introduced at the Jamaica Theological Seminary.  Today, the AGA has instituted its own ETA program that is on par with that offered at the Seminary.

Jamaica Association of Evangelicals

Henry White was a founding member of the Jamaica Association of Evangelicals (then known as the Jamaica Association of Evangelical Churches) and was appointed life member.

The AGA has made extensive contributions to National Crusades in Jamaica from the 1950’s spurred on by White, Albert Karram and Curtis Cole, and more recently under the leadership of Peter Garth.  These crusades include those with Barry Moore, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, and Louis Palau.