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  • Rev. White, who hails from the parish of Manchester, was installed on Sunday, September 29.
  • The congregation brings together Moravians, who live in the D.C. metro area, with Jamaicans and Nicaraguans representing the largest groups.
  • Rev. White said church will be seeking to make a greater impact in the community.

The Rev. Bevon White has become the third Jamaican to pastor the Faith Moravian Church of the Nation’s Capital, the only Moravian congregation in Washington D.C.

Rev. White, who hails from the parish of Manchester, was installed at a special ceremony held on Sunday, September 29.

The congregation, with a combined membership of approximately 200 persons, brings together Moravians, who live in the D.C. metro area, with Jamaicans and Nicaraguans representing the largest groups.

A large cross-section of friends and well-wishers from along the US Eastern Atlantic seaboard, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, packed the sanctuary on Sunday afternoon to witness the installation of Rev. White.

Among the special guests was Deputy Chief of Missions, Embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore-Lobban, who represented Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie.

Also in attendance were the Rev. Sue Koenig of Graceham Moravian in Thurmont, MD; Rev. Dr. Michael Johnson of John Hus Moravian in Brooklyn, NY; Rev. Earl Goulbourne of Grace Moravian in Queens, NY; Rev. Tammie Rinker of Trinity Moravian in New Carrollton, MD and Elders Inskip Alsop and Novella Smith.

In delivering his sermon entitled: ‘The Ministry that Matters’, Rev. White said church will be seeking to make a greater impact in the community, through school care and after care programmes and feeding and clothing the homeless and less fortunate in the D.C. area.

He also pointed to plans to expand the involvement of the youth members by re-starting the youth choir and developing a dance ministry.

“The idea is to get everyone involved in the church’s ministry. Among the adults there will be various ministries to incorporate every member of the church. There is much to be done and together, we have an opportunity to do ministry in a new way,” he stated.

Rev. White noted that the community of Riggs Park, in which the church is located, is poised for growth through the construction of a large residential and commercial mixed-use complex, and encouraged the congregation to begin to reposition themselves to take advantage of the opportunity to impact the lives of the new residents as well as to grow the church.

Rev. White was pastor of a Moravian church in the Cayman Islands before moving to Washington D.C. He is joined by his wife Cecile along with children Bevon Jr, twins Tianna and Tannia, and Kivon.

The installation service was officiated by the President of the Church Council, Dr. Horace McCormack.