GOVERNOR-GENERAL: Patrick Allen, until recently president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the West Indies, is the new governor-general of Jamaica, a nation where roughly 11 percent of the population is Seventh-day Adventist. He is the first pastor, and third Seventh-day Adventist member, to hold such a position in a British Commonwealth nation, and the first Adventist to hold the office in Jamaica.“It is astounding and I don’t think I can wrap my head around it, and I’m not sure what the Lord is doing here, but He has some Joseph and Daniel role for me to perform,” Allen told Adventist World in a telephone interview that day from Freeport, Bahamas, where he was helping to conduct an audit. “I’m just praying about it and making myself available for God to use me in whichever way He chooses best.”
PAST AND PRESENT: In this 2006 photo, Sir Kenneth Hall, then the governor-general of Jamaica (left), presents Patrick Allen with Jamaica’s Order of Distinction on the country’s Heroes Day. Allen was honored for his contribution to the church and religion in Jamaica. Allen was tapped to succeed Sir Kenneth on January 13, 2009, and was sworn in six weeks later.Golding, who has held the prime minister’s office since November 2007, is married to Lorna. The Goldings are regular attendees at Adventist worship services. Allen said the church’s work to improve life in Jamaica brought his name to the leader’s attention.