Kenroy Allen’s journey with the Church of God movement started in Kingston, Jamaica with the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) in January 1979 where he was baptized in December of the same year. Kenroy served as Business Manager of the WCG office in Jamaica from January 1985-1991. He was ordained as a deacon in May 1990.
After his marriage to Marie Angela (nee Campbell) in 1991, he left his position from the church in Jamaica and migrated to Toronto, Canada where he continued to serve as a deacon. In 1995, they were among the founding members of the Toronto United Church of God, where they served faithfully until October 2002. They joined the Church of God International in 2002 and have been serving in the Toronto, Ontario congregation. Kenroy was ordained as an elder at the Feast of Trumpets, October 3, 2016.
Kenroy and Marie Angela were instrumental in the process which led to the official affiliation between CGI and Faith Community Church of God in Ghana, West Africa. The Allens are co-founders of the PUREAIDE Project Inc., a non-profit organization providing educational funding for underprivileged youth in Ghana and Jamaica. Kenroy is the current president of PUREAIDE and has been working as a Payroll Specialist for a Human Capital Management company since 1999.
My family immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1953. We lived in rural south-western Ontario for most of my life. The early years were tough as my parents struggled to make ends meet.
I first came in contact with the Church of God in the early 70’s through my wife’s family. I read a booklet “Proof of the Bible” which started me a life-long road to search out the truth. Grace and I were married in 1972 and in December of that same year began to regularly attend with the World Wide Church of God in Kitchener. In 1974 the year that I was baptized we were blessed with a son, Adam. 31 years later that blessing expanded to include a daughter in law Alyson. And again with two very special grandchildren Jack and Audrey life has taken on new heights of joy. We all meet together in the Kitchener congregation where we have attended for just over 10 years now.
I was ordained on the Feast of Trumpets in 2015 and co-pastor the Kitchener as well as the London Church. God has blessed us in so many ways some of which I have already listed but the list is a very long one. It is a great privilege to serve the brethren who are a wonderful source of inspiration to our family. God willing we will continue to serve in whatever way our Father leads as we wait in great anticipation for the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Murray Palmatier has been an ordained minister since 2008 and currently helps pastor CGI congregations in Burlington, ON and Kitchener, ON. Raised in a Sabbatarian Church since the age of five, he has previously served in various capacities on the CGI Canada Board of Directors and currently serves on the Ministerial Council for CGI.
A Economics graduate of McMaster University, Murray works in management in the trucking industry and has lived in a number of cities in Ontario and Quebec.
He currently lives in Stoney Creek, Ontario with his wife, Lissa, and their two teenaged children, Katelyn and Landon.
Horane Smith is an award-winning author and journalist. He has had a distinguished career as a writer, having worked in all areas of the media. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he did post-graduate work in Mass Communication, after winning a journalism scholarship.
A writer all his working life, Horane Smith has been concentrating on creative writing in recent years. His eleven published books range from slavery legends to piracy in the Caribbean, lynchings in America, the Underground Railroad movement in Canada, Jamaican Maroons in Canada and Jamaica’s most invisible export – reggae music.
Horane has been a member of CGI since 1985. He migrated to Canada, along with his family in 1990, and has since served in various capacities in the Toronto congregation, first as a host, a deacon, and has been serving as an elder since December 2012. He is married to Beverley and they have four children – Shey, Samar, Jordi and Codi.
Northern Region Coordinator, Ohio, USA
Bill Watson, an ordained Minister since 1986, presently serves as Northern Regional Co-ordinator , and Pastor of the Church of God, International, in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, in the United States. He also serves as Chairman of CGI’s Ministerial Council, as spokesman for the evangelistic work of the church, and as a member of CGI’s Canadian Board of Directors.
Pastor Watson regularly contributes to the CGI’s flagship publication, the International News, is also the Managing Editor for Prevail magazine and the Armor of God Periodical. He is also responsible for publishing multiple booklets along with church’s ministerial newsletter–the Ministers’ Chronicle; and is the Senior Producer, Director and Presenter of the Armor of God, the CGI’s telecast that is aired over the Internet and select television networks worldwide.