Dr. Peter Kerr
Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as an intern in the Spanish Town district of churches and later in the South Manchester district of churches. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Pastor Kerr served the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-day Adventists as district pastor, departmental director, and mission president. During his twenty-year tenure as mission president, he saw the membership of the mission increase from one hundred and nineteen (119) in 1990 to over two thousand two hundred (2200) and the number of churches from three (3) in to eight (8) organized churches and two (2) companies in 2010. In addition, the mission was blessed with one (1) primary school, one (1) high school, and a camp site.
Pastor Kerr was a highly respected leader in the Turks and Caicos Islands, having served the community as chaplain for Her Majesty’s Prison, Grand Turk (2009-2010); member of the Turks & Caicos Community College Board (2010); member of the Board of Higher Education (2007-2009); member of the National Drug Council (1992-1997); and member of the Education Advisory Committee, Turks and Caicos Islands (2006).
In November 2010, Pastor Kerr was appointed as the executive secretary for the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), the administrative office that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He is married to Jennifer (nee Coleman), and they have two (2) adult children, Ava-Dayne and Andre, son-in-law, Mark, and two (2) beautiful granddaughters, Amoy and Amylia
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” 1 Timothy 1:6 NKJV.
Guided by the above text, the ministerial department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union seeks to encourage, affirm, and challenge its pastors and their spouses to a faithful commitment to their call to ministry and the execution of pastoral ministry, emulating the example of Christ in reaching members and non-members in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Therefore, in collaboration with the shepherdess organization, the ministerial department works through its counterparts at the local fields to:
- Provide relevant training to equip pastors to be effective agents of Christ in preaching, teaching, visiting, and enabling members to realize their potential in Christ.
- Facilitate the training and development of ministerial interns.
- Encourage pastors to learn an additional language, preferably French or Spanish, as a means to reaching effectively the various ethnic groups within the union’s territory.
- Source the relevant personnel and materials as well as encourage adequate budgetary provision for ongoing training and development of pastors in professional and graduate degree programs, therefore strengthening the ministerial force to fulfill the mission of the church and to be better equipped for today’s membership.
- Host a retreat once every five years, bringing pastors and spouses together to bond, retool, and fellowship.