30 January 2019 | In an article titled “Adventist Church abuzz with news of world president’s 11-day visit,” the Jamaica Observer announced the upcoming visit of Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of the Adventist Church, to Jamaica.
Local church leaders are said to be “feverishly fine-tuning plans to welcome their world president.” Wilson will be in the country as part of a 200-member Adventist international delegation to a global leadership summit on healthy lifestyles which takes place in Montego Bay from February 4-8.
Wilson, who frequently refuses to conduct interviews with non-denominational media, will take part in a press conference at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay according to the Jamaica Observer.
The article described Everett Brown, president of the Adventist Church in Jamaica, as being “Unable to mask his pride at hosting the leader of one of the fastest-growing country denominations.” The Adventist Church has the largest membership of any denomination in the nation and Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, is himself an Adventist.
While in Jamaica, Wilson’s team will also support “Mission Project 2019,” an initiative launched on January 8 in partnership with Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and its Jamaica Moves healthy living initiative which aims to promote healthy living in the nation.
The Adventist Church in the country recently announced that it had committed to supporting 100 medical clinics on the island through an adoption program where the denomination provides repairs, renovation and other resources to the facilities as requested by the Jamaican Ministry of Health.
According to the Adventist denomination’s Office of Archives Statistics and Research, there were 304,021 members and 683 churches in Jamaica as of June 30, 2017.