Family Ministries Department
Dr. Peter Kerr
Pastor Peter Kerr was born in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica. He received his early education at the York Street All Age School and at the Willodene High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Theology degree from West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) and his Master of Arts in Religion from Andrews University.
Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as an intern in the Spanish Town district of churches and later in the South Manchester district of churches. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Pastor Kerr served the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-day Adventists as district pastor, departmental director, and mission president. During his twenty-year tenure as mission president, he saw the membership of the mission increase from one hundred and nineteen (119) in 1990 to over two thousand two hundred (2200) and the number of churches from three (3) in to eight (8) organized churches and two (2) companies in 2010. In addition, the mission was blessed with one (1) primary school, one (1) high school, and a camp site.
Pastor Kerr was a highly respected leader in the Turks and Caicos Islands, having served the community as chaplain for Her Majesty’s Prison, Grand Turk (2009-2010); member of the Turks & Caicos Community College Board (2010); member of the Board of Higher Education (2007-2009); member of the National Drug Council (1992-1997); and member of the Education Advisory Committee, Turks and Caicos Islands (2006).
In November 2010, Pastor Kerr was appointed as the executive secretary for the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), the administrative office that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He is married to Jennifer (nee Coleman), and they have two (2) adult children, Ava-Dayne and Andre, son-in-law, Mark, and two (2) beautiful granddaughters, Amoy and Amylia
The department of family ministries seeks to strengthen, inspire hope, and bring healing to marriages, families, and individuals through the abundant love of Jesus Christ.
Its objectives are:
- To prepare families for the kingdom of God and to help hasten the second coming of Jesus Christ.
- To strengthen the home as a discipling center where family members grow in their relationship with Christ and with each other.
- To give careful attention to the needs of all the various interest groups in the church. This includes women, children, married couples, singles, men, boys, girls, teenage parents, persons with disability, divorced, and others.
- To make available resource materials that serve to assist field and local church directors with conducting training seminars, conducting the various family emphasis days and annual programs, witnessing activities, children’s stories, and sermon preparation.
We want Christ to be in every family, in every Adventist home in our union, because “with Jesus in the family, happy, happy home.”