Topic Summary:  Jamaicans and members of other Caribbean nations have become major leaders in churches in other countries (such as United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada) to which they have emigrated. In addition, church plants frequently occur after the migration of members of African nations. With the rapid growth of the number and influence of the Black Church, this panel will speak to the Church’s role in contemporary society, maintaining integrity and remaining true to the nature and purposes of the Lord in reaching the lost.



Bishop Neville Owens (Moderator)

Bishop Neville Owens is the founder and Senior Pastor of Love & Faith World
Outreach Ministries, Kingston, Jamaica. He is the past Chairman of the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC) and President of the Independent Churches of Jamaica (ICJ). He also sits on the Board of Life Connections International Prayer Network of Jamaica; Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness (HANDS) and Wholelife Bible College. As well as this he has extensive experience coordinating church bodies internationally.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Jennings

Rev. Dr. Stephen Jennings is an ordained and accredited minister in the Jamaican Baptist Union and is one of its past presidents. He is the pastor of the Mona Circuit of Baptist churches in Kingston, Jamaica, and is also a part-time graduate lecturer in Biblical, Historical, Caribbean and Contemporary Theologies at the United Theological College of the West Indies.

Alvin Nicholson

Bishop Ngwiza Mnkandia

Rev. Dr. Benjamin Agard

Rev. Dr. Benjamin Agard has been in full-time ministry for over 34 years. He is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Open Bible Church on the Rock in Morvant and that congregation has grown since 1994 from less than 50 to over 500 members. On April 9, 2011, Rev. Agard was duly elected as the National Elder/Director of the organization and re-elected for a second and third term on April 12, 2014 and April 22, 2017 respectively.

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.