United Theological College of the West Indie
The Jamaica Team was formally established following a January 2019 trip to the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI). Former GMT Chair PJ May had invited Seminary President Dr. Oral Thomas to an ELCA Global Mission event in 2018 and learned that there were great possibilities for accompaniment and partnership. The seminary has a long history of training leaders of various Protestant denominations for ministry. Among UCTWI’s graduates is Pastor Livenson who serves currently as President of the ELH (Lutheran Church in Haiti). While there have been Lutheran missionaries serving at UTCWI in the past, currently there are none.
During the January 2019 immersion trip, the group learned about the history and culture of Jamaica and the work of the seminary. Further, thanks to the generosity of many, during 2020 the Jamaica Team was able to partner with UTCWI to upgrade and refurbish one of the classrooms at the seminary. The room now has a smartboard, various multimedia equipment, enhanced wi-fi, and new tables and chairs.