Dr. Conway Edwards (Th.M., 2000) is busy. He’s busy planning conferences, mentoring leaders, and equipping churches. He’s busy helping Jamaicans, who live in one of the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations, seek something more: Jesus Christ.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, he and six others were asked to play soccer for Christian Heritage College in San Diego, California, and to start youth ministries in the area. “That’s how I got here,” he says of his arrival to the States in 1991. “I was 21.” In San Diego, Conway earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in Business Administration, while working as a church youth pastor. “After I completed my M.B.A.,” he says, “the worship leader said to me, ‘If you go make money, you’re going to regret not investing your life in ministry.’”
That remark compelled Conway to apply to Dallas Seminary, where he earned a Th.M. in Pastoral Ministries. He later earned a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia.
“Everyone in Jamaica wants to have God, and they are fearing of Him,” he says, “but they do not want Him to run their entire lives. Church for me was a very routine, sometimes relevant, experience,” he says. “I want to make the church experience dynamic and relevant for all Jamaicans.” A son of a noted Jamaican journalist and a mother who worked for their Christian Brethren church, Conway wants to inspire fellow Jamaicans to rethink their spirituality, and he wants to equip the local church to help them do that.
“The single biggest hurdle is not having enough models of cutting-edge, creative church leaders who are blazing trails for Christ in Jamaica,” he says. For this reason he launched a nonprofit organization in the United States, the Caribbean Choice for Christ, to fund the work of his Jamaican-based organization, the National Center for Christian Leadership, which focuses its efforts on providing conferences, mentors, church planting, and consulting.
In addition to his work in Jamaica, Conway oversees a 900-member singles ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Oak Cliff, Texas. “I love it, love it, love it, love it,” he repeats. “Every day is a fun challenge.”
“It has been a privilege to have Conway serving in the ministry of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,” Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor at Oak Cliff, says. “His creative style makes biblical truth come alive in the hearts and minds of those to whom he ministers. He is a great model for the next generation of Christian leaders to emulate.”
In addition to his ministry at Oak Cliff, Conway and his wife, Jada, coauthored What to Do When Love’s in View, about dating and relationships. He is quick to credit her for his success: “I couldn’t do anything in the last six years if it wasn’t for the complete support of my wife. I love her wisdom and her absolute love for her God.”
In all the busyness, Conway says God has been teaching him something important throughout the last six years about “full surrender, and finding the ability to balance God’s absolute sovereignty over all my activities with the courageous pursuit of serving Him with excellence.” How else does he maintain his energy and passion for ministry? “Watching God unfold my life’s vision and use broken people to enhance His kingdom keeps my fire for ministry hot!”
To learn more about Conway Edwards visit conwayandjadaedwards.com or for information about Caribbean Choice for Christ go to caribbeanchoice.org.
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