Regional Board

Chair: John Smith

Rev. Dr. John O. Smith

Rev. Dr. John Oswald Smith was born and bred in Guyana, South America. He was educated at Queen's College and whilst there developed a passion for sports representing the school in volleyball, hockey, rugby and cricket. He was awarded "school colours" for his contribution to volleyball. He was also a school prefect and senior corporal in the Cadet Corps. It was at school that he made the greatest decision of his life. He moved from being religious to a born-again believer. Church was always a part of his upbringing as his father was a lay-preacher, but in 1963 he accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

John became active in Youth for Christ and the Youth Department of Central Assembly of God. At Central Assembly he was active in the choir, sang in the male quartet, acted in plays and preached at open air services. He was conscious of the call of God on his life and, after working with the Government of Guyana for four years; he entered the ministry full time. He served eight years as Assistant Pastor and then as Senior Pastor at Central Assembly of God in Georgetown since July 1976.

In addition to his pastoral duties, John serves as Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Bible College. He has taught also in the Caribbean School of Theology in Jamaica, Belize, Curacao, Aruba and the Bahamas. He has been a member of the Executive Presbytery since 1974 and General Superintendent since 1997.

On the international scene John serves as the Caribbean representative on the International Council of the World Evangelical Alliance, Secretary of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and Executive and founding trustee of the International Third World Leaders Association. He is the current President of the Guyana Evangelical Fellowship and Chair of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean.

1st Vice Chair: Rev. Dr. Nigel Taylor

Rev. Dr. Nigel Taylor
Barbados Evangelical Association
58, 4th Ave Rowans Park
St. George
Tel: 1-246-210-5801 (Home)

2nd Vice Chair:Desmond Austin

Desmond Austin

Rev. Desmond Austin has been serving as the EAC’s Second Vice President since 2009 and has also been the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches (TTCEC), a member body of the EAC, since 2008.

He currently holds a Diploma in Pastoral Ministries from the Open Bible Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from the Caribbean College of the Bible International and is currently pursuing an M. Litt. in Family Life Education at the Omega Advance School for Integrated Studies.

Rev. Austin has his ministry roots on the Open Bible Standard Churches of Trinidad and Tobago (OBSCTT), itself a member of the TTCEC. He began in 1979 as a Sunday School teacher in Sea Lots and pioneered an outpost church there in 1983, becoming Pastor of the Sea Lots Open Bible Church. Two years later, he became a credentialed minister of the Open Bible and continued as Pastor of Sea Lots until 1988, when he became Senior Pastor of the Tunapuna Open Bible Church, known as “Church on the Way,” and has remained there ever since. He was also an integral member of the team which launched two Open Bible churches in Febeau and La Canoa.

He has continued his involvement in Sunday School ministry and has been on the OBSC TT’s National Board as Christian Education Director for the past ten (10) years. He delights in investing in the growth of children and also serves as Board Chairman of the El Dorado East Secondary School. He is also involved in training future ministers of the Gospel and has been a lecturer at the Open Bible Institute of Theology since 1983.

Rev. Austin met his wife, Carol, during his time in Sea Lots and identifies it as a high point of his ministry. They have been happily married since 1987 and together have one son, Josiah.

Financial Controller: Clifton Charles, PhD

Clifton Charles, PhD

Rev. Dr. Clifton Charles and his wife Pearl have been married since 1973. They have no children. Pearl travels with him most of the time as an active ministry partner.

Clifton is an ordained minister since 1978 and has been in full-time ministry for the past twenty-six years after resigning as a senior planning officer in the Agricultural Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Trinidad & Tobago, where he was employed for nine years. At present he serves as a senior pastor of the Worldwide Church of God for congregations in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. He also teaches economics part time at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados since 2000. His academic qualifications include: B.Sc. Agriculture (University of the West Indies); M.Sc. Agricultural Economics (Cornell University); and Ph.D. Economics (University of the West Indies).

Clifton is a member of the EAC’s Commission on Missions and Evangelism as well as a board member of the Trinidad & Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches, and Prison Fellowship Trinidad & Tobago. He is a former member of the international board of Evangelism Explosion (EE) International and continues to facilitate EE’s equipping ministry. He is a facilitator of Kairos (condensed missions course) and Vision Conferences of Disciple Nations Alliance. He is a graduate of Haggai Leadership Institute and enjoys leadership training.

He also enjoys working for increased effectiveness and unity in the body of Christ in making disciples of all nations.

Board Member: Rev. Veral A. Blake

Rev. Veral A. Blake

Veral is a native of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He is presently the National Director of Ambassadors For Christ International Ministries in his home country. Veral also served as Director of the Association of Evangelical Churches in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for six years and a member of the Regional Board for 15 years.

Veral holds a Diploma in Theology (Baptist Bible School of the Windward Islands), a Diploma in Missions (International Missionary Fellowship Institute of Jamaica) and a Certificate of Biblical Studies (Iona Centre for Biblical Studies). He has been in full-time Christian service for the past 42 years. He has established several churches in St. Vincent and hosts a vibrant radio outreach, Ambassadors for Christ Radio Broadcast, heard on 15 stations across the Caribbean. He is married to Norma and they have three adult sons, two of whom are married.

Board Member: Minister Claudia Ferguson

Minister Claudia Ferguson

Minister Claudia Ferguson has been actively involved in Church Leadership from an early age, having severed in her home church in Albion Mountain, St. Mary in various leadership positions during her teenage years before migrating to Kingston where she continued active Ministry, and currently serves as Leader of the Mountain View Seventh Day Baptist Church, Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Seventh Day Baptist Conference and a Vice President of the Seventh Day Baptist World Federation.

Minister Ferguson is the Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Evangelicals, Company Secretary of the National Religious Media Commission, operators of Love FM Radio and Love Television. She is also employed to the Jamaica Teachers’ Association as their business manager.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Claudia is married to the Rev. Carlton Ferguson and they have three daughters and four grand children, Arianna, Koyedan, Micah and Jedaiah.

Board Member: Rev. Dr. Eustace Rawlings

St. Kitts Evangelical Association
P. O. Box 1368
St. Kitts

Secretary General/CEO:Rev. Emerson L. Boyce

Rev. Emerson L. Boyce

Rev. Emerson L. Boyce is a native of Barbados, and an ordained minister since 1978. He has been in full-time ministry for the past thirty-five years after resigning as a Police Officer with the Royal Barbados Police Force, where he was employed for three and one-half years.

He and his wife, Jennifer has been married since 1976 and has faithfully served together in ministry since then.Together they have on daughter, Lyzette.

Emerson has served in many administrative/leadership positions within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies Fellowship: General Youth Ministries Director; Assistant General Bishop; Presiding Bishop of the Barbados District; Administrative Office and Executive Director of World Missions. He also gave leadership to the West Indies School of Theology, and served as a Lecturer and Faculty Advisor to students.

He is a former 1st Vice Chair of the Barbados Christian Council; Executive member of the Barbados Evangelical Association; Caribbean Facilitator for the Great Commission Roundtable; Director of March For Jesus (Caribbean); and AD 2000 & Beyond Movement (Caribbean). He is also a graduate of the West Indies School of Theology, the Haggai Leadership Institute, and other Theological Institutions; a facilitator of Vision Conferences of Disciple Nations Alliance, and takes pleasure in facilitating Mission Consultations and Leadership Development Training Sessions.

Emerson is the current Secretary General/CEO of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean and represents EAC on the International Leadership Team of the World Evangelical Alliance.