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Dec 2, 2015

NEAB Claims Church Senator Elected by the Minority

The evangelical body which is recognized by government is now governed by thirteen pastors based in Belize City. The new N.E.A.B., according to their numbers, represents almost two hundred and fifty churches in every district of the country. Still, even with the uneven proportion of representation, the Senator who now represents the Church in the National Assembly was selected by the B.E.A.C.  It’s a sore point for these leaders, but they say they’re willing to give Senator Ashley Rocke a chance to represent them.

 

Pastor Lance Lewis, President, National Evangelical Association of Belize

Pastor Lance Lewis

“They actually called me to say we can nominate someone to represent us for a senatorship post. I said to them, how will that work? We have been excluded, so if we send forth any names, we would not be there to vote on it. So it did not make any sense. And they went ahead and between six to ten persons agreed to put Pastor Ashley Rocke as the Senator for the BAEC, so we were not included. We will meet with him, but we are not going to try to get rid of him. We want to meet with him because he was elected on very small numbers, so we would have to now find out how he will represent the churches, having only a small number of Belize City persons present when his nomination was solidified. He represents not only the Evangelical Association but also the Council of churches, so he represents the Churches on the Senate. We will have to speak with him.”

 

George Ferrar, Secretary, NEAB

“Depsite the fact that we are a diverse bunch of people representing diverse churches around the nation, we were unanimous in agreeing to appoint a committee to meet with Ashley Rocke to chart a way forward and establish a working relationship fully representing the entire evangelical body. That’s the attitude in which we’re going into this. We want to go into this very constructively. We want to see him representing all of us and we believe there’s great potential to do that.”

 

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