For the first time in the 44 years of the Church of the Nazarene in The Bahamas, an ordination service will take place outside New Providence and Grand Bahama, in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, with the ordination service of Ministers Cyprianna Edgecombe and Roland Cadet as elders, the highest level of full-time service to ministry.
Edgecombe, interim pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene, East Street South, and Cadet, interim pastor at Palmetto Point Church of the Nazarene, Eleuthera, will be ordained at the Palmetto Point Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, July 28 at 10 a.m.
The elevations from minister to elders mean they can serve at a higher level in the church without any direct supervision, including baptisms, christenings and weddings. Their ordination concludes a minimum two-year pastoral training period for the duo. The service will also signify their recognition by the church and approval by a committee that they be ordained elders.
Dr. David W. Graves, general superintendent, Church of the Nazarene, Lenexa, Kansas, along with Reverend Rodwell Alphonso Porter, field strategy coordinator of the Mesoamerica Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Georgetown, Guyana, and Reverend John C. Wildgoose III, district superintendent, Church of the Nazarene, will preside over the event.
“Naturally it brings me great joy having watched them matriculate through the ranks of the church from serving at a local level to becoming local ministers, then to become district-licensed minsters and now having ascended to the highest rank as elders is a sense of joy and pride just to see them come to this,” said Wildgoose.
He also said hosting the ordination on Eleuthera was historical for the Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
“Usually when we have ordinations, persons would have to travel to [New Providence] or [Grand Bahama], but seeing as Reverend Cadet is a part of a thriving, well-established church in Eleuthera, we decided to break protocol and have this sacred act in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.”
There are currently 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.