- Local Preachers Recognized- Percy Sands, Hartis Pinder, Sidney Pinder, Morley Pinder and Earl Pinder were all recognized on Sunday, September 28, 2014 as lay preachers in Ebenezer. Each one was awarded with a trophy as a token of our appreciation for their ministry.
Mr. Hartis Pinder
It was a word of challenge and encouragement from Mr. Louis Hanchell, who was a Local Preacher at Ebenezer, which led me to give thought to my becoming a local preacher. I believe this was God’s way of sowing the seed that would put me on this road.
Initially, I did not pursue this thought, although from time to time, through a word from one of the Local Preachers or through the inspiration of a sermon I was reminded that God was calling me to serve in this way.
It was my privilege to sit under the preaching of Rev. Patterson Deane during the six years he served as Minister of Ebenezer in the late 1970’s. His sermons never failed to encourage and challenge me, and it was largely through his preaching that I felt myself constrained to offer myself to be trained as a Local Preacher. God spoke in powerful ways through his sermons and I was convinced that the preaching of the word is still one of the most effective ways of communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And so I began the period of training and at the conclusion was officially recognized as a Local Preacher on December 3, 1982.
For many years my father was a Local Preacher in Cherokee Sound, Abaco and his dedication to this work was always a great inspiration.
God promised that those who He calls, He will equip. At times, the sermon preparation can be demanding when there seems so little time, but I believe that God will and does bless the word proclaimed in His name.
I am grateful for the support and prayers of the Methodist people over the years and especially from the congregation at Ebenezer. I also wish to record appreciation for the constant support of Rev. Charles Sweeting and for his great labor of love in the training and nurturing of Local Preachers. May God continue to bless this work.
Mr. Sidney Pinder
During a crusade service at Ebenezer, I had a conversion experience. The preacher was Rev. Whitney Dough, an evangelist from Florida. Shortly after, Rev. Norman Pratt, Minister of Ebenezer, suggested to me that perhaps god was calling me to be a Local Preacher.
At the age of sixteen, I led a morning prayer meeting. The short medication still lingers, taken from Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” That was the beginning of my preaching service. I did Local preacher’s training under the tutelage of Rv. Norman Pratt.
In Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, there was only one Local Preacher. He and I shared the Sunday services and a Wednesday midweek service when the Minister was not there.
I spent three and a half years in Andros where I took three services on occasions. God has certainly led me these many years. I am grateful for those who influenced my life, including my parents, leaders of the church in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, and both the leaders and congregation of Ebenezer who continue to support me.