Full Gospel Church Condemns Attack on Pastor

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The Jamaica Association of Full Gospel Churches is condemning shooting attack on a pastor in Hellshire, Portmore, St. Catherine yesterday.

The pastor has been identified as Bishop Albert West, of the Christian Outreach Missionary Evangelism Church, in Kingston.

Bishop West and a woman were shot yesterday in what the police are suspecting was a case of attempted robbery.

In a statement this afternoon, the Jamaica Association of Full Gospel Churches, says it was a cowardly and grotesque act.

Its President, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, says he’s concerned about what he calls a ‘spike in attacks on Jamaicans’. He says a bi-partisan approach and national unity are needed to respond to crime.

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The Association says the Church stands ready to support effort to take back the country and communities from the grasp of ‘evil men’.

It’s pledging its support to Bishop West’s family, his Church and the wider community.

Bishop West is an Executive member of the Jamaica Association of Full Gospel Churches. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the National Religious Media Commission — which owns Love FM and Love TV.

Bishop West and the woman remain in hospital in stable condition.

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