Church in the Province of the West Indies

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Church in the Province of the West Indies
ScriptureHoly Bible
TheologyAnglican doctrine
PrimateHoward Gregory
TerritoryBarbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, the North-Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Windward Islands
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The Church in the Province of the West Indies is one of 40 member provinces in the worldwide Anglican Communion.[1] The church comprises eight dioceses spread out over much of the West Indies area.[2] The present position of Archbishop and Primate of the West Indies is held by the current bishop of Jamaica, Howard Gregory. Gregory was elected[3] as the thirteenth Archbishop of the Province by clergy and laity attending the 40th Synod of the CPWI at the Cascadia Hotel, in Port of Spain, Trinidad in May 2019. The position was previously held by John Holder who retired in 2018. Drexel Gomez was the primate before Bishop Holder until 2009. The church is also part of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches.


The West Indies became a self-governing province in 1883 because of the Church of England missions in territories that became British colonies.[clarification needed] It is made up of two mainland dioceses and six island dioceses, including Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the North-Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Windward Islands. Great emphasis is being placed on training personnel for an indigenous ministry. The island locations and scattered settlements make pastoral care difficult and costly.

Mission organisations[edit]

The Jamaica Church Missionary Society is the recognised missionary agency of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the Province of the West Indies. The society focuses on evangelisation with special relevance to daily human needs.

The society was established in 1861 as a subsidiary of the church, intended to target those sections of Jamaica's "hard to reach" population. For many years the mission stations established and maintained by the society provided the only means of reaching the masses of the population with Christianity and basic education.

Theological college[edit]

Codrington College, an Anglican preparatory in Saint John, Barbados, opened in 1745.


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  1. ^ Staff writer (2 August 2013). "Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Barbados". CBC. Retrieved 3 August 2013. One of his primary commitments as Archbishop is to visit each of the Archbishops of the thirty-eight Provinces of the Anglican Communion within his first two years as Archbishop of Canterbury. His visit to Archbishop of the West Indies and Bishop of Barbados, John Holder, is in keeping with this promise. He is expected to discuss matters relating to the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
  2. ^ "Province of the Church of the West Indies (Anglican) 2021". Retrieved 2021-11-06.
  3. ^ "Bishop Howard Gregory is the New Archbishop of the West Indies – Diocese of Jamaica & The Cayman Islands". Retrieved 2019-06-25.

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