United States Baptist minister Steven Anderson has blasted Jamaican male preachers for allowing women to move into leadership positions in some local churches. The Reverend Karen Kirlew will be sworn in as the president of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU), the first woman to lead that denomination in Jamaica. She will join the Reverend Christine Gooden Benguche, who recently became the first woman to be elected as the president of the Methodist Church in Jamaica, and the Reverend Phyllis Smith Seymour, who assumed the presidency of the Moravian Church in Jamaica last year. Anderson, the controversial 'hate preacher' who was prevented from entering the island last month to preach the gospel, says the churches which are allowing women to lead them are not in keeping with biblical principles.
February 25 / The Gleaner