The St. Lucian body of Seventh-day Adventist believers is organized into a Mission – the first round of autonomous government in the global hierarchical pattern of the organization’s administrative design. Missions are self-governing, but in affiliation with the immediately higher administrative echelon of the ladder, which, in our case, is the Caribbean Union Conference of SDA, from whence our administrators are elected, and our more important decisions ratified.
The Mission was established in 1998 with Pastor Livingstone Aaron as President and Ps. Johnson Frederick as Secretary-Treasurer. Today, Pastor Johnson Frederick is the President, Pastor Alexander Biscette is the Executive Secretary and Sis. Rose M. Desir is the Treasurer.
Here is our illustrious team of administrators, directors, coordinators, and office workers:
Pastor Alexander Biscette joined the work in Saint Lucia in 1994 as an intern with the East Caribbean Conference of SDA. After completing internship in 1996, he served as pastor of the Soufriere District. In 2001, the Executive Committee of the Mission asked him to take on the role of Sabbath School/Personal Ministries Director, replacing Pastor Theodore Jaria, who had been called to serve at the Caribbean Union. During the first two years as a director, he also served as pastor of the Gros Islet District.
During his tenure as Sabbath School/Personal Ministries Director, Pastor Biscette did remarkable work with the laity through the School of Evangelism, becoming one of the most outstanding lay trainers in the Caribbean Union. He was awarded Personal Ministries Director of the year by the Union in 2002, for his work with the School of Evangelism. In 2004 he received the award–jointly with two colleagues–for his work with the Community Services Department, lay mobilization, and lay rallies. In 2008, the Union named him Personal Ministries Director of the year, for the outstanding soul-winning efforts of the laity of St. Lucia Mission. It is clear that a new generation of cerfified Lay Preachers, Lay Bible Workers, and Lay Instructors emerged under his leadship, bring about a roaring rivival of lay evangelism and lay involvement in St. Lucia Mission
Pastor Biscette had a short stint of one year, in 2011, as pastor of the Castries District, in the middle of which he was called to serve as the Executive Secretary of the Mission. He admits he has a lot to learn as a new administrator, but is confident that through Christ, his contribution to the work at that level will help to advance the cause of God in Saint Lucia.
Pastor Biscette is a graduate of Caribbean Union College (now University of the Southern Caribbean). He is currently pursuing a masters degree in management with the Adventist International Institute for Advance Studies (AIIAS). He is married to Stephanie St. Ange-Biscette, the love of his life, who has been a tremendous source of support and strength to him in ministry. Their son Glen is their only begotten; he is 12 years old, and getting ready to enter secondary school. Pastor Biscette would like us all to keep him and his family in our prayers.
Rose Mary Desir was born in the Choiseul community to the late Martha and Gerald Desir. Being raised in a devout Seventh-day Adventist family, she accepted Jesus at an early age and was baptized at the age of ten. At eleven, she relocated to Castries to facilitate her attendance at the Seventh-day Adventist Academy. She became an active member of the pathfinder club and has served in all areas of uniformed work.
She immersed herself so deeply in the uniformed ministry of the church that the Government of St. Lucia recognized her sterling contribution and appointed her as St. Lucia’s Youth Ambassador from 1995-1998. In December 1995, the Commonwealth Secretariat selected her among a number of Caribbean youth to represent the Caribbean at the UN’s World Youth Forum held in Vienna Austria. Then in 1996, the Government rewarded her commitment to youth development on the island by bestowing upon her three national awards including the much coveted “Most Outstanding Youth in St. Lucia” award. She is still active in youth ministry and presently serves as Director of the Orion Masterguide club at the Castries Church.
Rose Mary has accumulated a number of years of professional experience having served as an Income Tax Auditor, General Accountant at the Mabouya Valley Development Project and other private sector establishments both in St. Lucia and in the USA. She also served as an online professor of Managerial Accounts for Phoenix University. Her experience in denominational employment includes the position of Business Teacher at her alma mater the St. Lucia SDA Academy, as well as Business Manager at both the St. Lucia SDA Academy, and the St. Croix SDA School.
Her tertiary education was done at Caribbean Union College (now University of the Southern Caribbean) and Andrews University from which she earned an Associate of Science degree(A.Sc) in Business Management, a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) in Business Education and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Rose Mary loves the Lord and is driven by her passion for excellence. Her motto in life is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. She is pleased for the opportunity to serve her constituency in this part of the vineyard and sees herself as a vessel in the Masters hands. She solicits the prayers of all the constituents. Together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
A Brief history of the Advent movement in Saint Lucia.