Church of the Redeemer, Jamaica

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The Church of the Redeemer
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The Church of the Redeemer, corner of North and Duke Streets, Kingston, Jamaica, 1963.
17°58′33″N 76°47′24″W / 17.975753°N 76.790062°W / 17.975753; -76.790062Coordinates: 17°58′33″N 76°47′24″W / 17.975753°N 76.790062°W / 17.975753; -76.790062
Location Kingston
Country Jamaica
Denomination Moravian
Status Church
Founded 1918 (1918)
Founder(s) Jonathan Rein
Consecrated 1918-05-08
Functional status Active
Completed 1918
Construction cost £3,124
Minister(s) Rev. Wayne Biggs

The Church of the Redeemer is the oldest Moravian Church building in Kingston, Jamaica, and houses a congregation of the Jamaican province of the Moravian Church. It was opened in 1918. The name, which is unusual for a Moravian church, was bestowed by its builder Jonathan Reinke "because he did not want people to speak of Reinke's church".[1]


First building[edit]

Kingston's first Moravian Church (at 23 Hanover Street) was a large house which was adapted for the purpose and consecrated on 1893-04-14.[1] This building and the Mission House next door (at 25 Hanover Street) were destroyed in 1907 by an earthquake.[2] Two shed's were erected to replace them while a new Church building was constructed.[2]

Present building[edit]

The building at the corner of North Street and Duke Street was consecrated by Bishop Westphal on 1918-05-08.[3] The total cost of the building, site and out buildings was £3,124.[3]


A new manse, on the north side of North Street a block to the east, was completed in 1927 at a cost of £921.[3] The manse site was sold to the Gleaner Company for £4,000 in 1949[2] and a new manse purchased in Antrim Road, Vineyard Town.[4]


The Mary Morris-Knibb memorial hall, 1963.

A church hall was opened on 1930-12-30 by Lady Stubbs, wife of the Governor. This was destroyed by the hurricane of 1951.[5] A replacement hall was opened in 1962-02-28 at a cost of £16,000.[6]


A pipe organ was installed in 1932, reconstructed in 1945 and destroyed during the 1951 hurricane.[5] A replacement was installed in 1953 at a cost of over £3,000.[7]


1893-1894 Bishop Hannah[1]
1894-1896 G H Lopp[1]
1896-1928 Jonathan Reinke[1]
1929-1932 John Kneale[5]
1932-1939 W M O'Meally[5]
1939-1944 W A Kaltreider[5]
1944-1946 John Kneale[5]
1946-1947 J P Davidson[5]
1947-1951 H T Cuthbert[5]
1951-1957 S U Hastings[7]
1957-1959 Ben Muncaster[8]
1959-1977 Neville S Neil[4]

Notes and references[edit]


Hastings, S U & MacLeavy, B L (1979), Seedtime and Harvest (A Brief History of the Moravian Church in Jamaica 1754-1979), The Moravian Church Corporation

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