The Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) has inducted the Revd Otto Wade as its first Connexional Bishop.
In a moving ceremony at the Bedford Methodist Church, Revd Wade was inducted by Bishop Kenneth Carter of the South Eastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, USA. The induction brings to an end 255 years of history during which the head of the Church was referred to either as Chairman or President.
The induction followed a decision made at the thirty-eighth triennial Connexional Conference meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, on 29 May. From now on, the heads of the Connexion and each of the MCCA’s eight districts (Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands, Belize/Honduras, Guyana, Haiti, Leeward Islands, Panama/Costa Rica and South Caribbean) will be referred to as ‘Bishop’. The presidents of each of the districts shall also now be inducted as the Bishops of the Districts, with services taking place for each District Bishop during the course of the next few months.
Andy Dye, a mission partner based in Grenada, attended the conference. “It was truly a privilege to be part of the meeting and to be able to reflect on my five and a half years in the Caribbean,” Andy said. “It was a challenge being both a ‘part of’ the MCCA and a British representative. I was greatly encouraged by the thoughtful and caring people, both lay and ministerial, who undertook this work with a great seriousness of mind, seeking to chart a way forward.”