ADVENTIST FAMILY: The Most Hon. Dr. Patrick Linton Allen, ON, DC, immediate past president of the West Indies Union, is now Jamaica’s governor general. He is flanked by son Kurt (far left), his wife, Patricia, daughter Candice and son David.“The Sabbath is that time when I can get away from all the stress and the strains of public labor and get in a very personal way with God,” Allen said in a recent interview with Adventist World. “I could not live without the Sabbath, period. It comes as a blessing for me.”
SWEARING IN: Jamaica’s Chief Justice Zaila McCalla congratulates Dr Patrick Allen, the country’s sixth governor general, after his installation Feb. 26, 2009, in Kingston, Jamaica.Before the announcement, Stewart toldAdventist World: “The Adventists were being seen as different from others. The appointment of an Adventist as governor-general is a maturing of our people.”
OUTDOOR CROWD: Thousands gathered at King’s House in Kingston, the residence and office of the governor- general, to watch the installation of Patrick Allen.During an exclusive, 40-minute interview with Adventist World, Allen acknowledged that Jamaicans are expecting the man who once shepherded congregations to now influence a nation of 2.8 million.
SINGING OUT: Choir from Northern Caribbean University, of which Patrick Allen was a trustee, performs at the installation ceremony.“In the end, people were happy,” Desmond Allen said. “Today, we have an excellent governor-general, and he has had a good start. I have the feeling that a good decision was made.”