Jamaica News, April 9, 2018 – Bishop Conrad Pitkin Installed as Custos of St. James
(JIS) – Parliament for North West St. James, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the parish is proud and honoured to establish as its First Citizen “a visionary man of the cloth, a tireless advocate for the voiceless, and a true servant of his community”.
He said that in appointing Reverend Pitkin to the office of Custos, “the parish of St. James receives a man who, to our great benefit, has used his energy to provide sound leadership and make positive contributions to this community and his nation”.
He noted that the new Custos has an impressive track record for service, adding that “when he first started a small church on Princess Street, few would have known that this firebrand would blaze a trail that would soon see his congregation mushroom to one of the largest in Montego Bay”.
“His passion is not limited to his church, however, but extends to the wider community in which he serves. Reverend Pitkin has served as Board Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), which recently received the Prime Minister’s approval as one of our nation’s most efficient and effective agencies,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bishop Pitkin, in thanking the Governor-General and pledging his support for the ‘I Believe Initiative’, said he was humbled by the appointment, and with “God’s grace, will serve my parish and country faithfully and to the best of my ability”.
He also paid tribute to former Custos Ewen Corrodus for “the sterling service” he had given to the parish over the past eight and a half years.
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