Rev. Dr. Devon Merrick Dick, OD, JP, PhD
Rev. Dr. Devon Merrick Dick is the Pastor of the Boulevard Baptist Church, Kingston, Jamaica since 1990. He is a regular columnist in the Gleaner and also serves as a Justice of the Peace since 1990. He is a Past President of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) serving between the years 2016 and 2018.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theology) UWI Mona, Master of Arts (Theology) UWI Mona and a PhD (Caribbean Studies) from the University of Warwick UK. He is the author of 'REBELLION TO RIOT – The Jamaican Church in Nation Building', and 'THE CROSS AND THE MACHETE: Native Baptists of Jamaica – Identity, Ministry and Legacy'.
He has also taught Mathematics at the Morant Bay High School 1979-1980 and has served as Pastor for the Fletcher’s Grove Circuit of Baptist Churches, Sandy Bay, Hanover 1985-1990. He served as Chairman of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) 1999-2005.
Born April 8, 1961, he is married to Mary Samuels and is the father of three children: Deon, Duvaughn and Dana-Marie. Interests: Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Football, Reading and Writing. Philosophy: I can do all things through Christ.
Rev. Luther B. Gibbs, CD, MA (Religion)
Rev. Luther Gibbs was born in Gibraltar, St. Ann, and is the fourth of five children. He married Beryl, nee Parkinson (now deceased) and had four children - Paul, Robert, Richard and Janice. He attended the Gilbraltar Primary School where he was successful in the First, Second and Third Jamaica Local Examinations. He taught for two years at the Lime Tree Gardens Primary School before entering the Calabar Theological College in 1945. He was later awarded a Christian Endeavour Movement Leadership Scholarship which took him to England, Wales, Scotland and Germany. In 1970, he studied at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in the United States of America where he was awarded the M.A. degree in Religion, majoring in Adult Education and Church Administration.
His career in the ministry spans many years. While at Calabar Theological College, he was student pastor at the Richmond and Point Baptist Churches. Hs first church as full-time Pastor was the Hanover Street Baptist Church. While there he pastored at the Denham Town and Ebenezer fellowships, acted as Pastor at the Barbican Baptist Church and started the work which is now the Boulevard Baptist Church. In 1975 he accepted an invitation to serve full time at the Boulevard Baptist Church. His service at the Boulevard Baptist Church spanned 21 years, 1969 to 1990. During this period, he was moderator for the Phillipo Baptist circuit of churches, 1985 to 1986, and acted as Pastor of the Gregory Park Church to 1987.
He has been dubbed the 'Building Pastor' as he has been involved in many building projects. Under his leadership Hanover Street and Ebenezer churches were renovated and extended and the Barbican, Denham Town, Boulevard and Gregory Park Churches were built. He also directed the building of the Horizon Home which is the Baptist Home for the Aged, the conference Centre in Duncans, Trelawny, and supervised the three additions to the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) headquarters. In recent times he has built the New Haven Baptist Church and the Buff Bay Manse.
He has also given sterling service to the JBU. He was Secretary and subsequently Moderator of the Kingston and St. Andrew Baptist Association (KASABA). He served in various other positions in the Union including Vice-President, 1961 to 1963, President, 1964, and again in 1978 to 1980. He also acted as General Secretary in 1964 and was the General Secretary from 1991 until his retirement in 1994. At the interdenominational level, he has been secretary and president of Jamaica Christian Endeavour and also assistant secretary and vice-president of the Jamaica Council of Churches. He has been a long standing member of the Kingston Keswick Council. He was made a Commander of the Order of Distinction in the National Honours and Awards in 1992. He is however, now 'fully' retired.