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Ishmael Charles Named Caribbean Director

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INTERNATIONAL -Ishmael Charles, of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, has been appointed by the World Missions Board and approved by the Executive Committee as the new field director of the Caribbean, effective immediately. He is taking the place of Fedlyn Beason, from Jamaica, who served from 1998 until now.

Charles, overseer of the British Virgin Islands and neighboring islands and pastor of the Church of God International Worship Center on Tortola, began preaching at age 16. Serving the Tortola congregation since 1989, he has guided growth from 125 to 700 people, and the church continues to expand. He has been host of a television ministry that is viewed throughout the Caribbean. He credits missionaries Robert and Jeanette Cary for helping develop his ministry.

Charles has earned degrees from Lee University and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and is presently engaged in a doctoral program. He served on the World Missions Board from 1998 until 2006 and was twice elected to the denomination’s Executive Council.
The Caribbean field that he directs includes nearly a half-million members gathered in 2,394 congregations scattered across more than 30 islands. The area is predominantly English-speaking, but it includes churches that worship in Spanish, French, Creole, Dutch, Papiamento, and other languages.
Charles and his wife, Patricia, and their family look forward to serving the churches and church leaders in the field that stretches from the Bahamas to Suriname.

Bill George
Coordinator of Education and Publications