Topic Summary:  Achieving the Jamaica 2030 vision and creating a new Caribbean narrative will involve the commitment of various stakeholders (the local Church, the Diaspora, the governments, the private sector and civil society) to work together.

Also we have to implement strategic solutions that address the lingering effects of the past as well as other critical issues of Jamaica and the Caribbean. Therefore, to move forward collaboratively, the Church must confront the issues of the past (such as slavery) and rebuild a relationship with the African nations, who view the Caribbean as part of their Diaspora.

Topics will include:

  • The commitment of the Church to play an increasing role in addressing community and national issues
  • Jamaican Diaspora Church and Christians Commitment to Jamaica and its Development
  • The commitment of Jamaica to her own nation.
  • The commitment of the Caribbean Diaspora to the region
  • The commitment of Africa and Christians from Africa to the region
  • The Impact of Slavery in the region and the solutions to its Effects
  • An African Apology



Bishop Ransford Jones

Bishop Ransford Jones

Bishop Ransford Jones was born in St. Mary, Jamaica and then migrated to Canada as he pursued his calling to pastoral ministry. In 2007 he was ordained Bishop in the Church of God and in 2015 was appointed the District Overseer for the Oshawa district of churches, where he oversees six churches.

As well as this Bishop Jones is Chairman of the Jamaican Canadian Diaspora Christian Alliance. Before following his calling full-time into ministry he worked in the automotive ministry and served in several managerial positions.

Beverly Johnson

Ms. Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson is Owner, CEO and Managing Director of JLB International. She has over 35 years experience in International Trade, Shipping, Logistics and Marketing. In 2015 she became an Honouree of the International Women’s Day Award for sterling contribution to the Diaspora in the UK. For many years she has played an active part in social action projects in both Birmingham, UK and Kingston, Jamaica.

Reverend, His Excellency, Mr Guy Arlington Kenneth Hewitt

Fr. Guy Hewitt is High Commissioner for Barbados to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the United Nations IMO. He has a strong commitment to participation, development and social justice with experience in the development and education sectors. He is also an ordained Anglican priest.

Prof. Delanyo Adadevoh

Professor Delanyo Adadevoh founded the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) in 2002 and currently serves as its President. ILF has the objective of building leaders of integrity for societal transformation. In addition, Prof. Adadevoh serves as a Vice President of an international NGO and is responsible for overseeing Team Leadership globally. In this capacity he helped to establish the Africa Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA), in Harare, Zimbabwe. A citizen of Ghana, West Africa, he has also lived in Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Professor Emerita Maureen Warner-Lewis

Maureen Warner-Lewis is the retired Professor of African-Caribbean Language and Orature in the Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona. She was made Emeritus Professor in 2004. Having conducted a large amount of field research she is widely published.

Born in Tobago, she is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. Before beginning as a lecturer at UWI in Jamaica she taught in Trinidad and Nigeria.

Nana Dr. J. K. Ohemeng