Another school year has come and gone. It has been one of the most extraordinary year in the history of Bethel. There were times of uncertainty, anxiety, and change. It was also a year when additional adjustments had to be made regarding the delivery of lessons and getting used to what has been called the new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has left the College with bereavement, as faculty, staff, and students became aware of the sudden passing of Tameka Walker-Green, a student who would have begun her final year in September 2021. Notwithstanding the challenges, the confession of the Bethel family is that God is good and is still reigning in the kingdoms of men.
The school year 2021-2022 commenced with a new chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr. Jasford Gabriel, former president of the Jamaica Teachers Association and principal of Manchester High School. We welcome him and look forward to his contribution to the growth and development of the institution. Welcome is also extended to the first-year students, as well as the new certificate students. It is a joy to have the returning second, third, and fourth-year students, who will continue on their path of ministerial training.
Central to that which takes place at the institution is our commitment to the Word of God. Seventy-eight years ago, the founders adopted 2 Tim. 2:15 as that which should be the focus of the students. They should study to find God’s approval as they correctly proclaim the Word of truth. But that proclamation must not only be in speech but in life. Today, after so many decades, we continue to emphasize this most sacred tenet.
As we face this new year, we express gratitude to the Administrative Bishop of the New Testament Church of God, Rev. Dr. Roy Notice, who served as chairman of the Board of Governors during his first year in office. To the ministers and members of the New Testament Church of God, faculty, coordinators, staff, alumni, sponsors, parents, family members, and everyone who supported the College in any way over last year, thank you for being with us on the journey.
May you all be overtaken by God’s grace, comfort, and strength, as we continue this path of growth and development, preparing God’s servants to serve in his church and world.
Donald A. Roberts, Rev. Dr.