Bro. Loris Heywood (Guyana)
In the year that Guyana became an Independent Nation (1966), while still a student of QUEEN’S COLLEGE, Loris Heywood became a born-again believer in JESUS CHRIST. Opportunities have since abounded for him to demonstrate the grace and goodness of God in a variety of settings. Giftings have found expression as he has fulfilled various roles:
- as prize-winning student at Queen’s College for an ‘A’ Level distinction in Economics (1968), and at the University of Guyana as the Best Graduating Student in the post-graduate Diploma in Education programme (1983);
- as Teacher at Central High School (1968-72) and at Ruimveldt Multilateral (1976-86), where he received the ‘Best Teacher’ accolade at one of the School’s Prize-giving exercises;
- as Senior Programme Assistant at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 1986-1989, and as a member of the Senior Staff of the CARICOM Secretariat (1989-2011) with responsibility for UNDP-funded Regional Projects and latterly for regional Human Resource Development initiatives;
- as Chairman of the National Board of Inter-School/Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IS/IVCF), 1977-79, 1981-83 and previously Member of that Board (1970s-83) as well as Chairman of the Rally and the Camp Sub-Committees (1970s – 80s approx);
- as Preacher, Motivational Speaker, Christian Advocate on various Radio and TV programmes and for a variety of conferences, youth camps, Workers’ groups and other settings; and
- as Member of the Leadership Team, and for the last few years Head of that Leadership Team at ‘Bethel Gospel Hall’, Camp Street, Georgetown.
No area of endeavour means more to him than that of ‘FAMILY’. He is married to the love of his life, Claudia, for close to thirty-nine (39) years and they have been blessed with six outstanding and versatile children, two daughters and four sons, now all adults, with ages ranging from 25 to 36 years.
Bro. David Corbin (Trinidad & Tobago/Jamaica/USA)
Forty-six years ago, David Corbin preached at his first evangelistic crusade in Les Coteaux, Tobago. Since that time, he has spent years utilizing and honing his skills. Today, his ministry includes pastoring, teaching and mentoring others.
His teaching includes his role as an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Broward College in South Florida. His commitment to teaching is also reflected in his weekly online commentaries, Monday Morning Minister. However, his first love and calling is to “preach the word”. This he has been doing faithfully since that start in Tobago.
Prior to honing his skills as a preacher and lecturer, Dr. Corbin worked with high school and college students in the Caribbean. From his homeland in Trinidad and Tobago, he served as a Staff Worker with Inter School & Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, before settling in Jamaica for some fourteen years.
From Jamaica, he relocated to the United States in 1991 and pursued advanced studies at a leading evangelical university. Following his doctoral work, he assumed pastorates in Minneapolis and Miami. Apart from demonstrating passion in his preaching, lecturing and writing, Dr. Corbin has been a strong voice and advocate for Keswick Convention, a global deeper life ministry. For more than forty years he has served the convention in various capacities.
Dr. Corbin and his Jamaican wife Launa have three adult children. Two of these children have given them seven grandchildren. Now at the verge of retiring from active pastoral ministry, the Corbins will continue to serve, merging their skills in itinerant preaching, counseling, hospitality services, mentoring, writing and research.
Bro. Neil Summerton (United Kingdom)
Dr. Neil Summerton, CB, was a civil servant in the UK, giving policy advice to Ministers and preparing legislation. He was Director Water in the Department of the Environment in 1991-97. He was appointed Companion of the Bath by HM the Queen in 1997. Between 1997 and 2002, he led research units in the University of Oxford on environment and water matters and is an Emeritus Fellow of Mansfield College. From 1998 to 2012, he was an independent non-executive director on the boards of two regulated water supply companies in England. An historian by training, he has written extensively on matters relating to history, environment and water policy, the ethics of war, public service, and governance.
He has long experience in local church leadership and church planting He is the author of A Noble Task: Eldership and Ministry in the Local Church, Paternoster 1994 (2nd ed.) and Learning from the Past, Facing the Future: Essays for ‘Brethren’, Partnership 2011. He edits the journal, Partnership Perspectives (see http://www.partnershipuk.org/perspectives.htm). He is involved in organising the four-yearly IBCM conferences for Brethren leaders worldwide, and encouraging similar regional conferences in different parts of the world.
Brought up an Anglican (to his advantage), he became a Christian in 1957 when God enlightened him about the way of salvation at a wholly secular gathering. He has been married to Pauline since 1966 and has two sons and four grandsons aged from 17 to 3.
Bro. David Henry (Jamaica)
Dr. David Henry is currently Pastor of Swallowfield Chapel, a position he has served in for fifteen years, since he responded to the call of God on his life for service in this ministry. He is an Attorney-at-Law and was previously a Partner in the Law Firm of Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co. (NSD) practising in the field of Civil Advocacy.
Dr. Henry chairs the board of Swallowfield Outreach Foundation, serves on the Board of Youth Reaching Youth and chairs the Swallowfield Ministers’ Fraternal. He previously served as a member of the Peace Management Initiative; and on the Caribbean board of Operation Mobilization, Vaz Preparatory School, and the executive of the Jamaica Association of Evangelicals.
He is an Excelsior old boy, holds the L.L.B (Bachelor of Law degree) from the University of the West Indies and Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School. He also holds an M.A. in Global Leadership from the Fuller Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University.
Pastor balances his schedule with a full family life in which he is ably supported by his wife Dr. Brenda Chin Henry and has grown daughters – Loren, Jessica and Charissa and sons-in law, Ching and Mark and grandchildren, Samuel and Isabel.
Bro. Clyde Edwards (Grenada/Jamaica/USA)
Clyde was born in St. George’s Grenada on September 24, 1938 to Claudius & Evelyn Edwards, who were each of Assembly Faith prior to being married in 1936.
Having completed Senior Cambridge examinations at the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School, he migrated to Jamaica in 1960 to join the WEST INDIA REGIMENT, the armed forces of the West Indies Federation.
He served the West India Regiment for two years and the Jamaica Defence Force for 10 years following the breakup of the West Indies Federation in 1962. He joined the staff of the Bible Society of the West Indies, serving as the organization’s promoter in Jamaica for seven years.
He became a member of the staff of Jamaica Child Evangelism Fellowship in 1979, serving as the Assistant to the Executive Director up to 1980. He was led to create an independent evangelical children’s organization, “Flock Jamaica” to which he was appointed Executive Director. He has been conducting devotions in schools, directing and speaking at children’s rallies and conventions as well as conducting teachers training programmes.
He is university trained, having completed a degree in Social Sciences and Communication, followed by a post graduate Diploma in Holistic Child Development at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology. In Media for about 10 years, he produced and presented a fifteen – minute radio programme – Children’s Bible Club, and for more than fifteen years he has been producing and presenting a missions-focussed radio programme on LOVE 101 entitled “News Review”.
His home church in Jamaica has been Assembly Hall, for more than 50 years, and in Grenada, Tyrrel Street Gospel Hall, where he came to know the LORD JESUS in 1956.
He is married to Barbara and the Lord has favoured them with three children and six grand- children. Clyde and Barbara were commended to “the work of the Lord” in 1981.