Ministry Elders

The Rev. Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas
presiding elder

The Rev. Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas is Presiding Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda, serving as a fulltime pastor in the Circuit since 1985, beginning with his leadership of the Central Baptist Church.In 1991, he founded and continues to serve as Principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12). That same year he co-founded the Caribbean Baptist Heritage Conference, a regional conference on Reformed theology for clergy and laity.

He led the planting of both the Tyrell’s Baptist Church and the Covenant Baptist Church on the island of Antigua. Dr. Jonas is the author of Dancing with Idolatry: Are you bowing to a false god? (Xulon Press, 2009). He is a magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. His graduate studies were done at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master’s International, and Pensacola Theological Seminary. In 2011, the Governor-General of Antigua & Barbuda appointed him as a Grand Cross of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage (GCH), a national honour for his service in education administration. He and his wife, Vandah, have two adult children (Joshua and Stephanie), and one teenager (Nia).

The Rev. Joshua M. Jonas
staff associate elder

The Rev. Joshua M. Jonas is Staff Associate Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda, serving as a full-time pastor in the Circuit since 2012.

In addition to his pulpit ministry, his main pastoral responsibilities include coordinating the youth, evangelism, mass media and single’s ministries of the Circuit. He also serves as Senior Administrative Assistant & Chaplain for the Baptist Academy of Antigua, and provides instruction in the subjects of Bible, History and Physical Education. Pastor Joshua Jonas is a 2009 graduate (B.A.) of Pensacola Christian College and a 2012 graduate (M.T.S.) of Reformed Baptist Seminary. He and his wife, Chanda, were married on February 14, 2015.

The Rev. Ivor J. Walker
associate elder

The Rev. Ivor J. Walker has served as a bi-vocational Associate Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda since December 31, 1990

He is a career military officer in the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His service has been commended with many honours including the Meritorious Service Medal and General Service Medal. In 2013, the Governor-General of Antigua & Barbuda appointed him as a Commander of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit (CM), a national honour for his military service. He served as Chief Immigration Officer of Antigua & Barbuda from 2009-2015. He is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Staff College and the National Defence University (USA)—Centre for Hemisphere Defence Studies. Pastor Walker and his wife, Janet, have one adult daughter, Ariadne.

The Rev. Orvin D. E. Paige
associate elder

The Rev. Orvin D. E. Paige has served as a bi-vocational Associate Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda since November 4, 2001.

He is a trained meteorologist, having earned a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) with the University of the West Indies. He has been employed with the Government Meteorological Service at the V. C. Bird International Airport in Antigua & Barbuda since 1993. He is a regular presenter of weather news on ABS Television. Pastor Paige is also a graduate (M.Min.) of Master's International School of Divinity. He and his wife, Jo Ann, have three children: Michelle, Curtis and Zahra.

The Rev. Rolando A. Lewis
Staff Associate Elder

The Rev. Rolando A. Lewis is Staff Associate Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission-Circuit of churches in Antigua & Barbuda serving as a full-time pastor in the Circuit. He was recently ordained on September 4, 2016.

Pastor Rolando Lewis serves in the pulpit ministry, youth ministry, and creative arts ministry of the circuit. He also serves as the Senior Administrator for the Baptist Academy of Antigua specifically in School Evangelism and Public Relations. He teaches the subjects of Bible, History, Physical Education and Electronic Document and Process Management. Pastor Rolando Lewis is a 2014 graduate (B.SC.) of the Mid-Continent University and a 2016 graduate (M.T.S.) of the Reformed Baptist Seminary.