Leander St. Elmo Warren
My name is Leander St. Elmo Warren and I am an ordained Minister of the Guyana Congregational Union where I have served as Pastor, General Secretary and Chairman.
I have been married to my lovely wife Audrey, we celebrated our 42nd anniversary on April 8, this year. We are the proud parents of 4 grown children (3 girls & 1 boy), 3 of whom are married and have their own families. We are also the happy grandparents of 6 grandchildren (3 boys, 3 girls).
My work life began as a teacher for which I hold a Trained Teacher’s Certificate. With regard to my service as a Christian Minister for 32 years to date, I am the recipient of the Bachelor of Arts Theology and the Diploma in Ministerial Studies. I have also participated in a few postgraduate short courses.
Ecumenically over the years, I have been involved with the Council for World Mission (CWM), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM), Caribbean and North America Area Council CANAAC), Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC), Caribbean Area of Reformed Churches (CARC) and World Council of Churches. I served on the Executive Committies of CWM and WCRC, as Moderator of CANACOM and CANAAC and as my Church representative to CCC, CARC and WCC.
Some other things I love doing are listening to music (all genres), gardening, playing games with my wife (scrabble, draughts, chess), watching sports and visiting with my children so as to bond with my grandchildren.
I am Jewell Sinclair-Torrington, a member of the Guyana Congregational Union. I am married to Michael Torrington and have one daughter. I am a trained Early Childhood teacher. I graduated from the University of Guyana with a Bachelor of Education in 2007 and Education Management in 2010.
I served as Assistant General Secretary of GCU in 2012 and a Youth Advisor in 2014 and 2015. Currently I serve as Secretary of the Hackney Congregational church. I am also the founder of Rangers Boys and Girls Club which provides guidance and support for young people who are at risk.
I participated in the Africa Region Discovery Programme in 2011, Regional Assembly in 2014, the Members’ Mission Forum and Missional Congregations in the Context of Empire Consultation in 2019.
I am diligent and determined with a passion for children, young people and drama.
When I am not at work or gardening, my ecumenical involvement allows me to; coordinate community missional activities to improve the lives of families and preserve the environment, through community projects.
Ominell Boyce is a young Guyanese advocate for Youth Empowerment. Since 2018, she has been functioning as the secretary for the Guyana Congregational Young People's Union (GCYPU) and also serving as the talent coordinator within her local church Freedom Congregational Church.
Ms. Boyce works full-time with the Ministry of Education assigned to the Government Technical Institute (GTI). she is super excited, having recently completed her Technician Certificate in Building & Civil Construction Part 1 & 2, Business Etiquette & Protocol and Psychological First Aid in The Workplace & Beyond.
In 2015, she participated in the Council for World Mission (CWM) Training In Mission (TIM) programme. That training led her to establish and chair her Non-Governmental Organization called Ubuntu Young People Organization (UYPO). Which seek to create an atmosphere where young people can express their thoughts, feelings and ideas. These expressions will then be modified in order to help these young people to be better individuals for themselves, their family and the world at large.
In 2018 Ms. Boyce attended the first Young Women Enabling Transformation (YWET) programme another CWM initiative, which seeks to influence a new generation of leaders.
Ms. Boyce is most interested in paving the way forward for the young people so when she is not working or volunteering, she spends her time hosting "Bush Cooks" or Sal-out games which allows her to relax while understand life from a fun perspective. She believes in enjoying the little moments, this stems from her favorite quote with says "learn little things about everything and everything about little things."
I am Carolyn Seaforth, a lay member of Salem Congregational Church, an affiliate of the Guyana Congregational Union in Georgetown, Guyana.
I am a member of the Bible Study Programme and I sit on several committees. I also represented Salem Congregational at several forums. Being someone with a record of working with people of various socio economic and cultural backgrounds I am able to contribute to the church mentorship programmes.
My professional background is in Human Resources with thirty (30) years of experience as an executive in both the public and the private sectors. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Public Management) Degree and I am a certified HR professional.
I spent my early working years in the Army as an officer in the Guyana Defense Force. My training included a variety of professional military courses including certified private pilot's license from Embry-Riddle University in the USA. While serving as a female Officer, my responsibilities included supervising female soldiers and counselling them on welfare matters. Later, I became a member of the Guyana Veteran Legions and continue to be a mentor to female both veterans and civilians.
I am a proud mother of one, a daughter who has gifted me with a ten years old grand-daughter. They are both the joy of my life and I am fortunate to spend lots of time with them.
Apart from my family, my church and my charity, I enjoy gardening and tending to my pets.
My name is Anthony Chung and I have been married to Sheryl Knibb for ten years. I am an ordained Minister serving with the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI). The UCJCI is one church in two nations with three antecedent denominations (Congregational, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian). I currently serve as the Pastor for the Ridgemount/Hanbury Charge of United Churches in Mandeville, Jamaica, as position I was called to in November 2016. Prior to that I pastored congregations in Jamaica, in both rural and urban settings, and also in Canada.
I have an interest in church renewal and transformation with a particular desire for the greater engagement of the laity and the ongoing development of new leaders. I am also curious about how ancient and modern liturgical practices can interface with each other and be integrated into the life of today’s worshipping communities.
My previous involvement with CWM includes serving as a Host for participants in the A New FACE Programme in 2005 & 2006. I also participated in a Community Development Workshop in Botswana in 2007 where the focus was on the Church’s Response to HIV/AIDS.
Outside of my engagement with the church I follow the English Premier League as an ardent supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. I also enjoy watching sports, reading and international cuisine.
I am Rose Wedderburn from the United Church in Jamaica & the Cayman Islands, serving in the ministry of administration since 1990. My role as Regional Deputy General Secretary involves giving oversight to ministry & mission and the staff of 63 congregations that make up the region. I previously worked for seven years with a leading Building Society in accounting.
My involvement with CWM began in 1992 and since then I have served in various capacities such as member of the Personnel Advisory Group, Local Coordinator & Member of Assembly Planning Groups, Coordinator of A New Face Programme in Jamaica, participant in Partner in Mission Consultations, and as member of the Board Directors and CWM UK Trustee Body for the 2016 -2020 period. Through these avenues I have learnt much and shared in the development of CWM.
In offering to serve CWM I take with me my experience and training in management and in particular in areas such as events planning, counselling and human resource management; and a record of positive leadership involvement and experience of developing policy for my own Church and CWM. My knowledge of working both in the private and NGO sectors, a calm disposition geared towards good judgement, ability to be a good team member and commitment to the vision & mission of CWM and its sustainability are other useful attributes.
When I am not working, I enjoy reading, baking and vegetable gardening. I am married to Stephen since 1993 and we have 2 children.
My name is Markel Virgo, I am a member of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. I am presently based in Kingston, Jamaica.
I am an Attorney-at-Law by profession; I was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in December 2018. I am presently employed as a Legal Officer at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
I have long been aware of the work of CWM. Several friends of mine (clergy and laity alike) have taken part in CWM activities and I have seen how much they have personally and spiritually benefitted from the programmes and activities CWM has offered.
Outside of work, you can find me binge-watching series, or spending quality time with family and close friends.
Patricia Diania Montoya
I am Patricia Diania Montoya known by many as Diane. I was born in the Cayman Islands and I am married to Alfredo who is from Honduras. We are the proud parents of three children, two girls and a boy and we’re doting grandparents of two boys.
Alfredo and I operate a sports store and have contributed to the establishment of an island-wide sports ministry. We enjoy gardening, watching football and love meeting people from around the world.
For the formative period of my life, I attended the Church of God (Universal); however, in April 2011, I became a committed member of the Savannah United Church where I was later elected as the Congregational Secretary and Elder. I also have the honour of serving as a member of the Church & Ministry Committee for the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI).
As a specialist and policy advisor, I worked for over 30 years in several areas within the Government of the Cayman Islands; having served as a senior officer in the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Information Technology and the Ministry of Human Services.
I represented UCJCI as a delegate at the Council for World Mission (CWM) General Assembly in 2016. Since 2018, I have participated as a member of CWM’s Strategic Planning Group and specifically contributed to a review of the organisation’s governance structure.