Pastors and Local Leaders
PREVIOUS PASTORS WHO SERVED THE MATTAPAN MISSION/MATTAPAN SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Pastor Michael R. Bernard
Pastor Michael Bernard came to the Boston in 1986. It was under his leadership that the Mattapan Mission was organized. During his tenure he served the members of the Berea and Gethsemane churches and the Mattapan Mission. His tenure in the Boston area encompassed the years 1986-1991.
Pastor Reginal Washington
Pastor Reginal Washington began his leadership as pastor of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church and Mattpan Mission in January 1992. He came to the Mattapan Mission from the Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hartford, Connecticut. His tenure in the Boston area encompassed the years 1992-1995.
Pastor Horatius Gittens
Pastor Horatius Gittens pastored the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Mattapan Mission from 1995. He came to the Boston area from the Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hartford, Connecticut. Pastor Gittens was the pastor of the Mattapan Mission when it was organized as a church on January 20, 1996.
Pastor Ives Roberts
Dr. Ives Roberts began his leadership at Mattapan Seventh-day Adventist Church in May 1997. He came to Mattapan from the Northboro and Worcester Pleasant Street Seventh-day Adventist churches. He was the first pastor appointed to serve the Mattapan church in a non-shared capacity. His tenure at Mattapan encompassed the years 1997-2005.
Pastor Cornelius Wesley
Pastor Cornelius Wesley began his leadership at the Mattapan and Gethsemane Seventh-day Adventist churches in 2003. He came to Mattapan from the Roxbury Seventh-day Adventist Church. His tenure at Mattapan encompassed the years 2003-2005.
Pastor Sylvan Lashley
Dr. Sylvan Lashley was the assistant pastor at the Mattapan Seventh-day Adventist Church for a short time in 2006 before he was assigned as pastor of the Gethsemane Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Pastor George Bulgin
Pastor George Bulgin came to the Boston area in 2006 to pastor the Mattapan and Roxbury Seventh-day Adventist churches. He came from the Mount Zion Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hamden, Connecticut. It is under his tenure that the Hyde Park Seventh-day Adventist Church (formerly Mattapan Seventh-day Adventist Church) purchased a church building.
Pastor Elgin Clement
Pastor Elgin Clement was assigned to pastor the Hyde Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in January 2011. He is also the pastor of the Cambridge Seventh-day Adventist Church. More>>
LOCAL LEADERS WHO SERVED THE MATTATAN MISSION/CHURCH
Elder Convelle Morton
Elder Convelle Morton served as the leader of the Mattapan Mission from its inception in January 1987 until a full-time pastor was appointed in May 1997. In this capacity, he shepherded the Mattapan Mission from its beginning through its acceptance into the sisterhood of churches and beyond.
Elder Morton migrated to the U.S. from St. Croix with, Hetty, his wife in 1975. He brought with him a wealth of experience in supervision, management, and church work, having served in many of the departments of his church including as first elder.
He was the long-serving first elder of the Berea church at the time Mattapan Mission was established. He also served the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Academy in Mattapan, Massachusetts, as a teacher and, subsequently, became the school’s principal. He also served as principal of the Brockton Area Seventh-day Adventist Academy in Brockton, Massachusetts.
He holds a B.A. in theology and M.Ed. from Atlantic Union College. He pursuing his doctoral studies in family therapy.
Elder Morton loves the Lord and finds great pleasure in working for Him. His favorite Bible verses Proverbs 3:5, 6.
Elder Fitzgerald Reid
Elder Reid served as the first elder of the Mattapan church from its inception as a Mission in January 1987 until 1996.
Elder Reid came to the Berea church in 1981, when he and Esther, his wife, immigrated from Barbados to the U.S. He brought with him a wealth of experience in church work and leadership, having served in most of the departments of his local church, Ephesus, including five years as it first elder. He also served on the executive committee of one of the regional Adventist youth federations. He served on the executive committees of one of the regional Adventist youth federations and on the first Barbados Seventh-day Adventist National Youth Federation. He also served as the first president of the Barbados Seventh-day Adventist Secondary Old Scholars Associations. At Berea church, he served as an elder, finance committee chairperson, auditor and chairperson of the Berea Academy school board.
Elder Reid currently serves as an elder, building committee chairperson, and as church organist. He is also a member of the Northeastern Conference Finance Review Committee and the Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee.
He served as a senior vice president at Bank of America and holds a B.S. degree in economics from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College. He holds a number of professional degrees from the United Kingdom (FCCA, ACMA and ACIB) and the U.S. (CMA and CIA). He has a wealth of management experience in major companies in the Caribbean and the U.S.
Elder Reid’s life has been guided by three favorite texts and the hymn “I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus.” The three texts are Proverbs 22:29, Philippians 4:13, and Proverbs 3:1-6.
Elder DeLeon served as the first elder of the Mattapan church from 1998 to 2006.
Elder DeLeon joined the Mattapan Mission upon immigrating to the U.S. from Jamaica, West Indies in 1989 to be with Jennifer, his wife, already a member of the Mission. He brought to the Mission his experience as an elder, Personal Ministries leader and AYS leader at Penwood Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1989, he was ordained as an elder of the Mattapan church and subsequently served as assistant first elder from 1996 to 1997. Elder DeLeon also served the church in various capacities, including AYS leader and Personal Ministry leader. Elder DeLeon currently serves as one of the assistant first elders and chairperson of the Finance Committee.
He is a senior development engineer at Phoenix Controls Corporation/Honeywell Inc. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an M.S. in management from Emmanuel College, Boston. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in pastoral ministries at Andrews University Theological Seminary.
One of his greatest joys is to be involved in sharing the gospel message with men, women, boys and girls. His favorite Bible quotation is Philippians 1:16.