Adventist Church mourns loss of stalwart Church Leader
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director - Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Seventh-day Adventist community has been plunged into mourning following the sudden passing of Church Leader, Social Commentator and University Administrator, Martin Henry on Tuesday night.
Henry was a Senior Elder in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church and was a member of Executive Committee in East Jamaica Conference. Reports are that he collapsed suddenly after an interview at Television Jamaica’s studios where he spoke about the about the passing of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga. He was rushed to the Medical Associates Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Henry, served as the first elder of the Guava Gap SDA Church in St. Andrew where he was a member for more than twenty five years. He was seen as a man of integrity who loved the Lord and lived by the principles of the Bible.
In reacting to the news of Elder Henry’s passing, EJC President, Dr. Eric Nathan said his passing is a great loss to the church and community. “He was a seasoned, long time senior leader in the church. He was a lay preacher, first Elder and a member of the EJC Executive Committee. Just as how the world would go to him for comments, the conference would go to him for fatherly advice.”
Pastor Nathan reflected on Martin Henry as a man with the utmost respect for church leadership and noted that humility was a hallmark of his character.
“I have never seen a man more respectful of church leadership than Martin Henry. The Adventist church has lost a one of its best leaders.”
Nathan noted that Martin’s influence was wide and that despite his great knowledge and expertise in his field, he was humble and respectful to everyone. “Even if he differs from you, he speaks to you in such a calm and humble way that respect is not lost. “The church has lost a great soldier.”
Pastor Meric Walker, Executive Secretary of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and chairman of the NCU Media Board also expressed his sadness stating that Henry was no ordinary member of the church as he served on many boards including the NCU Media board.
“He has made his contribution in crafting and articulating changes that were necessary. He was a spiritual giant, a scholar, a sample of humility as we would have seen in Christ. We are really saddened, and we articulate from our hearts the condolences of the Jamaica Union. We pray for his family, we pray for his church, his institution with which he worked and the loss to the media fraternity on a whole. May we be strengthened and find hope in Jesus Christ,” said Walker.
Martin Henry, 61, died leaving his wife two daughters and a son to mourn his loss.
The church family is being asked to remember them in your prayers.