Gibson and Rogers give their blessing
THERE IS NO contention between the former contenders for the post of Bishop of Barbados and the man chosen for the position.
In fact, both Dean of the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels Dr Jeffrey
Gibson and Rector of St George Parish Church Reverend John Rogers have offered their congratulations to Reverend Michael Maxwell, rector of Holy Trinity Church, who was unanimously chosen by provincial House of Bishops.
“I would like to take the opportunity to extend heartiest congratulations to
Father Michael Maxwell, the Bishop designate of Barbados,” Gibson told the Barbados Nation when contacted.
“I want to wish him well and extend God’s blessings to him for a fruitful and productive episcopy,” he added.
Gibson said he was delighted with the choice and had already conveyed his personal congratulations to Maxwell, who was selected as the youngest ever Barbadian to head the local church.
The matter of age had been cited as an issue by some members of the clergy when the election of a head of the Anglican Church in Barbados was being contested between Gibson, 61, and Rogers, 45.
However, Gibson said he believed the church was ready to move on and work together.
“I think the House of Bishops, who made the selection, have taken all of those factors into account and I think the church is ready to move forward with the one who the bishops have selected,” the Dean said.
Rogers expressed similar sentiments.
“Bishops are selected by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit called somebody else. I believe God appoints people in his time and I think he has done so now,” he said in a separate interview when asked about any concerns people may have with Maxwell’s age.
Rogers said he, too, had already contacted and congratulated Maxwell on his selection as bishop, adding that he believed the
Holy Trinity Church rector was very capable of doing the job.
Additionally, Rogers said he would do all he could to assist Maxwell in his new role and pledged his support and that of St George Parish Church. (AD)
Reverend John Rogers
Reverend Dr Jeffrey Gibson