Pastor Kerr's Biographical Sketch
Pastor Kerr's Biographical Sketch
Pastor 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 Willowdene High School. He obtained his Bachelors of Theology degree from West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) and his Masters of Arts in Religion degree from Andrews University. Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference serving as an intern in the Spanish Town District and, later, in the South Manchester District. 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 and Caicos Islands in September 1990 where he served for 20 years as mission president. During this time, he also served as departmental director and district pastor.
Upon his arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in 1990, Pastor Kerr became the sole denominational worker serving the entire country. He immediately saw the urgent need for strong, stable leadership in the mission and was determined, with the help of God, to work with the people of that country to facilitate the steady growth and development of the church.
He supervised the work on five of the islands in the Turks and Caicos at a time when there were hardly any church buildings in which the few members could worship. There was one church with a small membership of about 26 in the capital of Grand Turk. South Caicos had a small group of 8 persons who had no building in which to worship. The island of Providenciales had the largest number of believers which amounted to about 76 at the time, and they were engaged in the construction of a new church which was almost 70% completed.
Pastor Kerr made church building and membership growth his number one goal; and six months after arriving in the country, he was able to mobilize and motivate the church and community to complete the Blue Hills Church building and dedicate it to the glory of God. The following year, he led out in the refurbishing and restoration of the old church building on the island of North Caicos which had been closed for more than 14 years. Upon the completion of the project, Pastor Kerr announced to the public that there were no Adventist members on the island except for a teacher who had come in from Trinidad on a government contract, and so he was asking the non-Adventist members of the community to adopt and own it as their church and to keep the doors constantly open for worship. The people surprisingly responded to the call and made it their church. Today, it remains one of the most vibrant congregations in that country. They have sent several students to study at NCU, and they are all today making great contributions to the development of the TCI.
In 2000, Pastor Kerr partnered with Maranatha Volunteers International and constructed three buildings: an education and evangelism center on the island of Providenciales where he established the Maranatha High School (now Maranatha Academy); a church on the island of South Caicos; and a school/church on the island of Grand Turk.
Pastor Kerr and his family experienced homelessness when the mission house in which they lived was destroyed by fire on May 23, 2003. This was truly a painful time for the Kerrs; but with the blessings of God and the assistance of the church, the community, and the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Pastor Kerr was able to complete and dedicate a much bigger, better, and more beautiful mission house in the short space of just 8 months after the fire. During his tenure, the membership of the mission increased from 119 in 1990 to over 2,200; the number of churches increased from 3 in 1990 to 8 organized churches and 2 companies at the time of his departure in 2010; and the number of denominational employees increased from just one in 1990 to twenty-five in 2010. Also, the mission was blessed with one primary school, one high school (Maranatha Academy which he founded in 2001), and a 10-acre camp site.
Pastor Kerr was a highly respected community leader of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He was appointed to serve on many government boards and committees. These include:
Member of the Turks and Caicos Community College Board - 2010 Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Board of Higher Education - 2007 - 2009 Chaplain for Her Majesty's Prison (Grand Turk) - 2009 - 2010 Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Education Advisory Committee - 2006 Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Drug Council - 1992 – 1997
Pastor Kerr and his family were so well loved, admired, and respected by the government and people of the Turks and Caicos Islands that in 2000, the government offered citizenship to him, his wife, and two children. In November 2010, Pastor Kerr was elected to serve as executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Along with his administrative duties, he also served as family ministries and publishing ministries director as well as assistant to the president for evangelism and the prayer coordinator for the union. Pastor Kerr has been serving as a member of the Board of Governors of Northern Caribbean University for twenty-eight consecutive years, making him one of the longest serving members of the board.
At the mid-year executive committee meetings of the Inter-American Division, held in Miami on March 27, 2018, Pastor Kerr was elected to serve as president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Evangelism has always been priority for Pastor Kerr. He has led out in the establishment of 10 churches and the baptism of thousands of souls.
Pastor Kerr considers all these accomplishments as clear evidence of the gracious favors of God upon the wonderful, hardworking members of the church in the Turks and Caicos Islands who gave him wonderful support, and he is eternally grateful to God for His blessings over the years.
Pastor Kerr is married to Jennifer (née Coleman), and they have two adult children, Ava-Dayne and Andre; a son-in-law, Mark; a daughter-in-law, Arielle; and two amazingly beautiful granddaughters, Amoy and Amylia Fulford.
Pastor Kerr loves spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters, and he enjoys gardening and reading.