Our Speakers

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.

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.

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.

Bishop Neville Owens

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. 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.

Dr. Glenford Duffus

Glenford has spent his career working towards building an educational system in which all students have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and conducive learning environment. He has worked as a teacher and principal providing leadership to inner city elementary and secondary schools as well as serving as Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board and Jamaica’s Ministry of Education.

Alongside this practical experience, Glenford has two Bachelors degrees in Educational Administration and Education, an MA in Educational Administration and an MTh in Theological Studies. He is currently completing his PhD dissertation in Language, Culture and Teaching at York University.

Mr. Leo Gilling

Leo Gilling is a business owner, media personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, writer and photographer. Originally from Oracabessa, Jamaica he currently resides in Miramar, Florida. He has dedicated years of service to the improvement of the education sector and community development in Jamaica, including founding the Jamaican Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF).

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.

Dr. Leroy Logan

Leroy Logan is a retired Superintendent who served 30 years in the Metropolitan Police Service, UK. He was a founding member and former chair of the National Black Police Association (BPA). A past member of the Lawrence Steering Group, his contribution to diversity in UK policing has been extensive.

Currently he is the Chair of the London Independent Youth Safety Advisory Board (LIYSAB) working for an All Party Parliamentary Commission on Youth Violence. He is also Chair of VOYAGE (Voice of the Youth and Genuine Empowerment) Youth and the leader of the Jamaican UK Diaspora Task Force on Crime.

Hon. Rev. Guy 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.

Mr. Fitz Bailey

Assisstant Police Commissioner

Rev. Ian Muirhead

Rev. Ian Muirhead is the founding and senior pastor of Upper Room Community Church. His early career was in the biological sciences and he worked as a research analyst for 15 years before being called into full time ministry. His passion for the transformation of lives and communities primarily leads him to serve the communities of Shortwood, Grants Pen and Barbican in Jamaica but has also led him to share their learning in Trinidad.

Prof. Rosalea Hamilton

Professor Hamilton is an international trade expert who has been at the forefront of public education on trade, governance and other socio-economic matters. She is now the CEO of the LASCO Chin Foundation leading an innovative approach to breaking the cycle of crime and poverty among at-risk youths in high-crime communities. In May 2018 she concluded her 10-year tenure as Vice-President of Community Service and Development at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, JA).

Mrs. Esther Tyson

Esther Tyson is a specialist in education. Having been a Teacher and Principal for the majority of her career, she retired early in order to become an Education Consultant where she assists leaders in schools and other educational institutions in developing optimal approaches and strategies to promote effective student learning.

Mr. Omar Sweeney

Omar Sweeney is an engineering professional with a wealth of experience in the areas of Civil and Construction Engineering as well as Project Management. He is a former President for Administration at the Wolmer’s Alumni Association, South Florida Chapter. He was recently elected to Chair the Professional Engineers Registration Board in Jamaica. Omar Sweeney is the Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund which is a lead project management arm of the Government of Jamaica. He also serves as the Deputy Chairman to the Prime Minister of Jamaica for the Zones of Special Operations in Jamaica.

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.