The Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) recently honoured the Reverend Dr Garnett Roper during a ceremony under the theme “With Gratitude For Commitment and Service”. The theology stalwart, student, lecturer, and immediate Past President of the Jamaica Theological Society depart Jamaica on July 21nd to take on a new mission in Zambia.
Throughout the event, there was an outpouring of appreciation from attendees. In attendance were members of the Missionary Church Association in Jamaica (MCAJ), the leader of the Opposition Hon. Mark Golding, various church clergy representatives among other partner entities.
Dr Roper Passion Is Embodied Through Service
During the event, there was a prominent theme in the expressions from the well-wishers. The emergent theme was service; through spiritual and social development, focusing on a disenfranchised society.
Rev Patricia Salmon, Vice Chairman, MCAJ Executive Committee, highlighted his multi-dimensional career and impact during her greetings. Dr Roper’s career as a pastor coincided with public roles that encompassed his passion for serving the underserved. His pastoral service included pastoring congregations in the inner-city communities in Central Kingston and in the then-emerging city of Portmore. He has held public roles as a volunteer chaplain for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Chairman positions of the Board of Visitors for the Tower Street Adult Correctional Institution, Jamaican Urban Transit Corporation, Social Development Commission and, of the National Energy Solution Ltd. Another significant impact of Dr Roper was achieved in print and digital media when he served as a Talk Show Host on radio and television stations. However, his most enduring role in media is as a preacher on the weekly radio programme, the Grace Hour Broadcast.
His Mission Is Limitless
In his response, Dr Roper extended his appreciation for the excellence that went into executing the ceremony. He was deeply touched by the personal messages delivered by Guest Speaker Dr Burchell Taylor, his colleagues and students. Dr Roper will continue to exemplify his favourite bible verse Jeremiah 9:23-24, throughout this new chapter on the Africa continent. While there, he will preach and teach. Dr Roper shared that he will be on assignment by the Jamaica Baptist Union under their Partnership Inition Programme. Not surprisingly, he will also pursue goals of engaging in public policy activities during his mission, as he seeks kindness, righteousness, and justice for the people.