Adventist is appointed as deputy governor of the British Virgin Islands

Rosalie Adams (foreground) takes the Affirmations of Allegiance and Due Execution of Office administered by Justice Nicola Byer. [Photo: BVI Government Information Service]

The position will allow for Rosalie Adams to function as the nation’s acting governor when the governor is away on leave.

September 07, 2016

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Christiansted, St. Croix

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Royston Philbert/Inter-American Division Staff

Rosalie Adams became the first Seventh-day Adventist to become deputy governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) during a special ceremony held last month. Adams was appointed on August 26 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II through the secretary of state for the Foreign Commonwealth Affairs.

The appointment went into effect September 1 and will continue until February 2018.

Her position will allow for to function as the acting governor of the BVI when the governor is away on leave throughout the year.

Silton Browne, president of the North Caribbean Conference, congratulated Adams after her official appointment. “I am reassured about her faith in God and her ability to represent the church at such high level,” he said.

A native of Tortola, Adams could not have envisioned holding the responsibilities she now carries. “This appointment reminds me of many persons God placed in my path to nurture me including my late parents, my family, and those in the church and the community,” said Adams. “This high and significant recognition, without question must be attributed to God and by extension His Church.”

Adams also reflected on the time she accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message 16 years ago. “I was listening to Pastor Charles D. Brooks on WGOD Radio when he preached a message entitled God in Bad Company. It was at that time the Holy Spirit spoke to me and after 40 years of service to the Methodist Church, I reached out to God for salvation.”

She expressed appreciation for her mentor Antoinette Skelton of the Road Town Seventh-day Adventist Church and director of Social Security Board for the BVI, who embraced her conviction and arranged for her Bible study and eventual baptism in 2000.

Skelton is happy to see where God has led Adams. “She is a principled person that has not changed. She is true to what she says and what she believes and does not compromise,” said Skelton. “We can be assured that she will always count on God.”

Adams is an active member of the Carrot Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tortola, where she has served as elder, Sabbath school teacher, Sabbath school superintendent, community services leader and currently serves as women’s ministry leader.

“She is a humble, cooperative Christian who loves people,” said first elder of the Carrot Bay Adventist Church, Nigel Henry.

Adams joined public service in 1968 and has taught at various public schools throughout the territory before being promoted to the post of permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health and Social Development in 2005. She also served as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, and later permanent secretary in the Premier’s office.

The Seventh-day Adventist community on Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada, in the British Virgin Islands, is comprised of eight congregations and is engaged in neighborhood ministry coordinated by the North Caribbean Conference. The community operates the British Virgin Islands Seventh-day Adventist School which is an accredited institution with a primary and a secondary division.

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