The Church of the Nazarene has two new elders in Cyprianna Edgecombe and Roland Cadet who were elevated to the highest level of full-time service to ministry in the global church last week during a historic service at Palmetto Point Church of the Nazarene, Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.
Edgecombe, interim pastor for Central Church of the Nazarene, said the ordination was just another elevation in ministry that the Lord has called her to.
“I am excited about it, but I am glad that I am available to be used by Him. He is an awesome God. He is an on-time God, and there is nothing before its time,” said Edgecombe who has been in the Church of the Nazarene since 1971.
“It’s been a long time but I’ve seen God do extremely great things, not only in our midst, but in the Church of the Nazarene Bahamas district.”
Cadet, pastor at Palmetto Point Church of the Nazarene for the past three years, said the ordination was a “big thing” for him.
“It elevates me to the next level, especially for me and for the church. I put myself in position for God to [allow] me to do His work – not my work, His work,” he said.
Their elevation from ministers to elders means they can now serve at a higher level in the church, including baptisms, christenings and weddings, without any direct supervision. Their ordination concludes a minimum two-year pastoral training period for the duo.
Dr. David Graves, from the Church of the Nazarene, Lenexa, Kansa, who is one of six general superintendents for the Church of the Nazarene, commended Edgecombe and Cadet on their accomplishment.
“It’s a lot of hard work. A lot of time and preparation,” said Graves. “They have felt the call of God on their lives and they’ve been serving Him and serving the church.”
Graves said it was special for him to be able to lay hands on the newest elders and to celebrate with them the fact that they are not just elders in The Bahamas, but in the church’s global organization.
“They are elders in the Church of the Nazarene around the world which is now officially in 162 world areas,” said Graves.
The service also signified Edgecombe and Cadet’s recognition by the church and approval by a committee that they could be ordained elders.
Graves was joined at the service by Reverend Rodwell Alphonso Porter, field strategy coordinator of the Mesoamerica (Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean) Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Georgetown, Guyana; and Reverend John C. Wildgoose III, district superintendent, Church of the Nazarene, who presided over the event.
The service that took place at the church in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera on Sunday, July 28, was historic in that it was the first time in 44 years of the Church of the Nazarene in The Bahamas that an ordination service took place outside New Providence and Grand Bahama.
It was decided to host the ordination on Eleuthera for the Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, because the Palmetto Point church it was a thriving, well-established church in the community, hence the break with protocol for the sacred act.
Prior to the service, Wildgoose had said it brought him joy to have watched Edgecombe and Cadet matriculate through the church’s ranks, from the local level through to becoming ministers, district-licensed ministers and ascending to the highest rank as elders.
Edgecombe and Cadet are elders in the global organization that currently has 11 churches in The Bahamas, inclusive of four Creole-speaking churches.
Eleuthera is home to the Palmetto Point Church of the Nazarene and Tarpum Bay Church of the Nazarene.
Faith Church of the Nazarene, Grace Church of the Nazarene, Hope Church of the Nazarene, New Jerusalem Church of the Nazarene and Solid Rock Church of the Nazarene are in Grand Bahama.
New Providence is home to Beacon Hill Church of the Nazarene, Central Church of the Nazarene, Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene and Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene.