Pastor Joel Nembhard hails from Jamaica. He grew up attending the Coleyville Seventh-day Adventist Church and was baptized at age fifteen (15). In preparation for pastoral ministry he has earned degrees in Theology and Religion from Northern Caribbean University and Andrews University.
He pastored a number of multi-church districts in the Central Jamaica Conference for approximately 15 years. In 2001 Pastor Nembhard accepted a call from the Ontario Conference to serve as a pastor.
Pastor Nembhard is happily married to Deidre Hall, the love of his life for almost 30 years. She provides strong support and balance to his ministry. Deidre is a graduate of Northern Caribbean University and is a teacher by profession. Currently she is employed by the Toronto District School Board.
Together they are the proud parents of two young adult children, daughter Jode-Leigh and son Roshane, who by God’s grace are blessed and doing well for themselves.
It is Pastor Nembhard’s belief that “ sin sees no color and problems never discriminate,” therefore his commitment is to plan and implement ministries that bring healing and joy to all believers. He takes comfort in the words of Proverbs 3: 5,6 which states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.”
"My desire is to see my family and every one that I have ministered to in the Kingdom."
Elder Hopeton Blake has been working with the Seventh-day Adventist church for many years in various capacities. Namely, as the branch manager of the Adventist Book Centre, Evangelist / Bible instructor for the West Jamaica Conference, Colporteur and also as missionary for the West Indies Union in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He is married to Latoya Blake and together they have two sons Caleb and Jonathan Blake.
His ministry has taken him far and wide, to places such as the Turks and Caicos Islands , the United States of America and the Cayman Islands.
When asked what he desires most in life, Elder Blake’s response is simple yet heartfelt. “My desire is to see my family and every one that I have ministered to in the Kingdom.”