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  Sharon Baptist church (Santa Cruz) Celebrated 135 years of witness  
   
 
The pastor, officers, members, and a host of well wishers and friends of the Sharon Baptist Church came together under the theme “ Celebrating God’s Faithfulness” to thank God for 135 years of witness in St. Elizabeth. The 135th anniversary celebrations commenced with a special service on Sunday July 29, 2007. This service was marked by solemnity and a strong sense of profound gratitude to God for his faithfulness.

Among the many dignitaries who attended the special anniversary service was Rev. Karl Henlin who at the time was president of the Union. In his capacity as guest preacher Rev. Henlin delivered a sermon that was both inspiring and challenging.

Special greetings were offered by the Custos of St. Elizabeth Mr.A.J. Farguharson, Rev. Carlton Wilson, Superintendent Minister for St. Elizabeth Manchester and upper Trelawny, Deacon Yvonne Pitter, moderator for the St. Elizabeth/Manchester Association.

It was a year long celebration. During the year several special activities were engaged in by members and community folks. Some of these activities were the launch of a cradle ministry, renewal of marriage vows, the launch of a birthday club and a special anniversary tea party. It is worthy of mention that Sharon continues to solemnize the highest number of marriages done in the parish each year. It has earned the coveted distinction of dedicating over four thousand babies over a period of ten years.

The church has been served by several noble ministers. Its first minister was the Rev’d Marson, a British National. He founded the congregation in 1872 and served as its pastor for twenty eight years. The longest serving minister of the church was the Rev. A.A. McDonald. He served for forty years. Rev. McDonald and his wife Olga are now retired. The present minister of the church is the Rev. Jacob E. Powell. He along with his wife Melaine and four children have continued in the tradition of quality service to God and his church.

A special anniversary closing service was held on July 7, 2008. The Rev. Jeff McKenzie was the guest preacher. At this service awards were given to members who have contributed to the church for over thirty years. Two members of the church have answered the ‘Call’ to pastoral ministry and are now in training at the United Theological College of West Indies. TO God Be the Glory.