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The Reverend Dr. Carmen Stewart, O.D, Custos of St. Andrew, will be honoured for half a century of community and pastoral work, at a service of thanksgiving to be held on February 26 at the Pentecostal Gospel Temple, located at 111 Windward Road, Kingston 2. The service, which is being organised by the Pentecostal Gospel Temple Family of Churches, will start at 3:30 p.m.
Heading the list of attendees will be Minister of Commerce, Science and Technology, Phillip Paulwell and Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Desmond McKenzie.
Dr. Pauline Mullings, co-chair for the pastoral anniversary celebration, told JIS News that the special service was to pay tribute to Rev. Stewart for 50 years of selfless service to the church and community, and Jamaica by extension.
Listing her many contributions, Dr. Mullings said the Custos was chair of numerous civic committees and initiator of several youth groups such as the Seventh Kingston Company of the Boys Brigade.
She added that the Custos, along with her husband, formed the Wilbert Stewart Basic School and also initiated a skill-training programme in collaboration with HEART Trust/NTA, which offers courses in hospitality, where students have an opportunity to learn housekeeping and commercial food preparation.
“We are taking the time to honour her and give thanks for all she has been able to accomplish,” she said. “Pastor is now 82 years old and at that age, she is still able to contribute so generously and we thank God for her,” Dr. Mullings continued.
She noted that the service “will be a grand affair filled with songs, dance and musical tributes”. There will be several speakers from the church community and Minister Paulwell will bring greetings. Dr. Mullings also took the opportunity to invite persons whose lives have been touched by the Custos, to attend the special service.