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  • Accomplished Minister of Religion, 74-year-old Reverend Leroy Sterling, who has served in communities across St. James for 37 years, has been presented with the Spirit of Independence Award.
  • He was among eight recipients who were recognized for their dedicated and meritorious service in the development of their communities, during the St. James Independence Civic Ceremony.
  • Rev. Sterling tells JIS News that he is delighted to have rendered service to persons from different areas in the parish and feels that it is “mission accomplished”.

Accomplished Minister of Religion, 74-year-old Reverend Leroy Sterling, who has served in communities across St. James for 37 years, has been presented with the Spirit of Independence Award, by the St. James Parish Council.

He was among eight recipients who were recognized for their dedicated and meritorious service in the development of their communities, during the St. James Independence Civic Ceremony, held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, on August 6.

Rev. Sterling tells JIS News that he is delighted to have rendered service to persons from different areas in the parish and feels that it is “mission accomplished”.

“I feel very honoured that through the mercies of God, I have been able to offer some services to the people of St. James and Jamaica, and I am happy that this service, though unselfishly done, is now being recognized by our people and I feel great about it,” he says.

Born at Bridge Water, near St. Leonard’s in Westmoreland, Rev. Sterling attended the St. Leonard’s Government School for many years, then went to Montego Bay in 1959 where he continued his schooling.

He left for Kingston some time after, where he attended St. George’s College. After graduating, he migrated to the United States of America and was successful in gaining entry into North Eastern Theological Seminary in New Jersey, then on to the City University of New York.

Rev. Sterling was ordained into the Christian Ministry on March 17, 1977 and pastored in New York for a number of years.  Soon afterwards, he responded to the deep desire to return home and serve his people. He did pastoral duties at churches for a number of years under the umbrella of the Jamaica Baptist Union.

“I have served the parish of St. James outside of the Baptist community, as Chairman for a number of school Boards and other community groups. I have served the Anchovy High School for over 15 years as chairman for the school Board and presently Board Chairman at the Cambridge High School since March of last year,” he informs JIS News.

He has been relentless in assisting persons, particularly in the parish of St. James, in acquiring housing and in facilitating land ownership.

Rev. Sterling also has the reputation across the parish of assisting a number of persons to become self sufficient, through the establishment of partnerships with the Micro Investment Development Agency (MIDA).

Among his many humanitarian acts, Rev. Sterling has served as Chairman of the Red Ground Provident Society, Chairman of the Mt. Carey Health Committee, Chairman of the Mt. Carey Revolving Fund, Chairman of the Anchovy Community Council, Chairman of the PATH Appeals Committee, and Patron of the St. James Infirmary.

He tells JIS News that he will continue to serve as long as God gives him the strength to do so.

“I want to continue to pattern the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ in serving the masses, especially the poor and the dispossessed,” Rev. Sterling says.

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