Rev. Merlyn Hyde-Riley

Rev. Merlyn Hyde-Riley .


As the new chief coordinating officer of the union, Hyde-Riley is expected to provide administrative, strategic, and spiritual leadership to the nearly 40,000 strong denomination with 340 churches, and to give oversight to the daily operations of the unions secretariat.

In responding to her new appointment, Hyde-Riley reaffirmed the work and worth of the women of the Jamaica Baptist Union whose model of Christian service opened the eyes of many to the reality that God has gifted both women and men to do the work of the Lord.”

Her immediate objectives are to lead the development of a strategic plan to guide the work of the union for the next five years and to re-energise the ministers and membership towards a path of renewal, many of whom have for various reasons become disconnected or lost their passion for church,” Hyde-Riley explained.

WCC moderator Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm rejoiced at the news of the appointment. "Your kindness, spiritual inspiration, competence, and leadership qualities will be the best that could happen to the Jamaica Baptist Union,” said Bedford-Strohm, “and we are all happy that you share your time and charisma with us in the leadership of the WCC!”