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July 11

The People of Praise Responds to Recent Press

Over the past few weeks the People of Praise has received a great deal of attention in the press. Here, we aim to correct the record and provide clarity on a few important points.

A Leadership Change in Kingston

A men's group in Kingston, from left, Kevin Rodriguez, Frank Grant, Michael Rodriguez, Locksley Robinson, Glen Gill.

By Chris Meehan

Locksley Robinson was appointed to lead the Kingston branch in December. He follows Vince Keaveny, who has led the branch since its inception in 1986.

“Vince’s work establishing the People of Praise in Jamaica has been tireless and effective,” said Kevin Ranaghan, chair of the branch relations council. “With the support of his wife, Dawn, Vince has been the father of our People of Praise life there.”

Vince Keaveney

Vince will continue to serve as a member of the branch leaders team.

“Vince has always given everything he’s got to the Lord and to the branch,” says Locksley.

Locksley is a longtime member of the branch leaders team and has headed music ministry for as long as it has existed. He plays guitar and bass, has written 30 songs and has produced an album featuring members of his family. Locksley and his wife Ingrid have been married for 30 years and have three daughters, a foster daughter and one granddaughter. Locksley works as a mechanical engineer, while Ingrid is pursuing a theology degree at the University of the West Indies.

“I’m excited to see where the Lord will lead us as a branch,” Locksley says. “I pray for growth in our relationships with the Lord and growth in numbers.”

“Locksley’s energy, gifts and vision have already had an impact on the branch,” says Vince. “It’s been an easy transition.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing what this energetic man of God will do,” adds branch member Sam Davis.

For a biographical article on Vince Keaveny, see the May-June 2009 issue of Vine & Branches.

Responses

  1. Anne Brewer says:

    Praise God for Vince and all your years of leading the Kingston branch! Praise God for Locksley saying yes to all the Lord is asking of him! We are so blessed with great leaders in our POP. Thank you Lord.

  2. norine vogel says:

    Thank you for your faithful service Locksley and willingness to continue and take on more. How do we get a copy of your album? Is it on CD? Thank you Vince for your service.

    Norine Vogel servant Branch

  3. eileen horan says:

    What a blessing to have great leaders - and to know that the Kingston branch continues to be strong and doing our work in your part of the world! Thank you thank you thank you! I'm sending prayers from the frozen North and I agree with Norine - I'd love to have a copy of your album. Maybe we could raise some money for your Work.

  4. Olive says:

    Thanks Vince for how you have modeled your love for the Lord. I learnt a great deal under your leadership and I know Locksley wants God's will for our people also. With the support from his family, the leadership team, and the Holy Spirit, Kingston is in for a new awakening.

    All the very best and I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

    Blesssings, Olive

  5. Karen Heintzelman says:

    Thank you, Vince, for all your loving service and bless you, Locksley, for taking on the leadership! I hope you can still make the music!!!

  6. tom caneff says:

    Some of my fondest memories over the years at leaders meetings has been spending time with Vince. What a wonderful gift he has been (and still is!) to the People of Praise.

  7. Nancy Grams says:

    What a gift to the People of Praise; 25 years of leadership! Thank you Vince [and Dawn] for your love and faithfulness to the Lord and his people. Be assured of our prayers for you, Locksley [and Ingrid] who will surely bring ever more life and love in joyful service. God bless all the brothers and sisters in Jamaica!

    Nancy Grams, Servant Branch

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