Our Pastors

Senior Pastor—Bishop Whitbourne E. Hutchinson

340.779.2111 (office) or 340.776.0022 (home)

    Whitbourne E. Hutchinson is a native of Jamaica, West Indies who migrated to the US in April 1967.  He was born on January 25, 1945, to Ferdinand & Vincelita Hutchinson. His parents were Christians, who brought him up in a Christian atmosphere and under Godly influence. In family devotions, he had to memorize scripture verses and recite them. His favorite verse was, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me” (Proverbs 8:17). He recalls saying it with the very essence of the Word; God loved me and if I seek Him I will find Him. His special song was, “Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so”. From that time on, Whitbourne fell in love with the Lord and promised Him that when he became a man, he would serve Him.

    Bro. Hutch often shared with others his conversion experience of meeting Jesus in a vision, one Monday night at seventeen years old.  The Lord so sweetly saved him, that he could not hold back the tears for the rest of that night until noon the next day. It was a combination of tears, sorrow, joy, and happiness. He felt the love of God so strongly! It was as though God was holding him in His arms and nothing nor anyone could harm him.  Christ called him to ministry that night!  Yet, he did not understand nor relate it to becoming a minister, even though his father took him to preach, and souls were being saved, and the sick were being healed by the laying on of hands and casting out of demons.  In a very short while, the Elders of the Church were asking him to preach and under the ministry of his pastor at that time, Bishop Rufus R. Rogers, who was his first mentor in Brooklyn, New York, Brother Hutch finally accepted his call into the ministry.

    Brother Hutch served in various capacities of church ministry, amongst which are 1) local youth minister, 2) state youth director for New York, and 3) pastor for the following local churches: Newburg, New York; Manhattan, New York; Long Look, Tortola, BVI; Gamle Gade, St. Thomas, USVI; and the Wilson Street Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee (which was his longest tenure of ten years).

    He attended and graduated from the Germain School of Photography, in Manhattan, New York, as a still photographer and cinematographer, where he received awards for outstanding photography.  However, he worked for seven years as a computer operator on Wall Street while doing some freelance photography.  He attended Tomlinson College where he earned his Associates in Business Administration; he later furthered his education by receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry during that time frame.  He then relocated to Buffalo, NY, and pastored for six years.  While there, he earned a Masters of Arts in Bible Exposition from the Pensacola Theological Seminary in Pensacola, Florida.  He again pastored the Gamle Gade Church but is presently serving as the senior pastor of the C-5 Estate Hoffman Church, along with having been appointed as Regional Overseer of the British and Unites States Virgin Islands, as well as the Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, of the Netherland Antilles.

    Bishop Hutchinson and Sister Ingrid Pole-Hutchinson celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary on April 18, 2013.  God has blessed their union with seven lovely children: they are Vietta Ann, Venere Emanuel, Verona Celeste, Victor and Vincent (deceased twins), and Deborah Vania and Daniel Vaughn (living twins); and three of the sweetest grandchildren - Cristiánn, Yasmín, and Orlando.  Brother Hutch loves to play his guitar and sing; he writes and composes songs and he loves fishing.

    His vision and focus are church-planting, soul-winning, and equipping God’s people in prayer and leadership ability for the reaping of His harvest.

Co-Pastor—Ingrid Hutchinson

340.776.0022 (home) or 340.201.8636 (cell) 


    Ingrid Ann Pole Hutchinson was born on March 15, 1951, to Arnold and Rita Pole.  She is a native of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and completed all of her pre-college education in the public school system of St. Thomas.  She graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in 1968.  Ingrid gives God all of the praises for her academic, personal, and spiritual victories and claims Psalm 111:10a as her guiding source: “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom…”

    Ingrid attended Tomlinson College in Cleveland, Tennessee for her Associates Degree and transferred to Michigan State University where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Education (K-8) with an emphasis in Mathematics and Science.  Her first teaching assignment was at P.S. 256 in Brooklyn, New York during which time she was wed to Whitbourne E. Hutchinson of Jamaica.  They became the blessed parents of Vietta, Venere, VeronaCeleste, Victor, Vincent, Deborah Vania, and Daniel Vaughn (the last four being two sets of twins). 

    She earned the Masters Degree of Arts from the University of the Virgin Islands in 1987 and the Masters of Science in Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2000.  After several sprints of Home schooling four of their five children, the last of whom are juniors in college, she decided that it was time to contribute her resources to the Public school system of which she was a product and joined the staff at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School in 2003 until 2008.

    Ingrid has a passion for education, which has led her into a myriad of expressions.  One of those expressions has been her focus on Christian Education, which she believes to be the holistic path to education; thus the motto of Prophecy Elementary/Middle School: Educating the total child-body, mind, soul, and spirit.  Ingrid has been honored to establish two Christian schools: Prophecy Elementary on St. Thomas, V.I. and Dayspring Christian Academy in Buffalo, N.Y.   She believes that to educate the mind without enlightening the Spirit is to produce a floundering human tragedy.  Her passion for teaching has given her the opportunity to teach worldwide in Ladies conferences, at the national and local levels of church ministries.

    As of 2011, she is currently serving as the Interim Principal for Church of God Prophecy Academy, Inc. (PAI). 

Assistant Pastor—Bishop Kenneth M. Benjamin

340.776.7835 (home) or 340.626.0064 (cell)


    Bishop Kenneth M. Benjamin was born of humble beginnings on November 26, 1944, to Rosetta Freeman and Thomas Benjamin on the beautiful island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.  He received his early education at the B.V.I. Primary and Elementary Schools located in Road Town.  When his mother traveled between Tortola and the United States Virgin Islands he attended Miss Pearla’s School and Dober Elementary School.   

    In 1961 he moved permanently to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and in 1963 he accepted the Lord and joined the Church of God of Prophecy that same year.  His diligence as a member of the Church of God of Prophecy led to his being named the Member of the Year in 1965.

            On May 20, 1967 he was joined in holy matrimony to the former Gayle Valrie Dancy of Hollis, New York, who has shared in the teaching aspect of his ministry.  They are blessed with three children, Michelle, Michael and Marc.  They are the proud grandparents of ten energetic and adorable grandchildren (four boys and six girls):  Brittany, Briana, Bria and Bri’Nique (twins), Jevanni, Marc, Makhaii, MacKenzie, Cheyenne and Kenah Milan. 

    In 1968 he surrendered to the call of the ministry on his life and was set forth as a Lay Minister in the Church of God of Prophecy.    Instead of arresting criminals with the long arm of the law, he has been able to show great compassion towards all men for the Kingdom of God.

    On September 22, 1975 at the General Assembly of the Church of God of Prophecy, Bro. Benjamin was ordained a Bishop in the Church of God.  Bishop Kenneth M. Benjamin, Sr., is a quiet, unassuming and devoted minister whose infectious smile, friendliness, warm personality and ready willingness to extend a helping hand has endeared him to a countless number of church members, friends and family at home and abroad.  He has given all to the ministry of the Lord and he continues to serve his Master faithfully as District Overseer of St. Thomas and St. John and as Assistant Pastor of C-5 Hoffman.

    Family is extremely important to Bishop Benjamin. He comes from a large extended and supportive family.   He is blessed with nine sisters, Ruby, Rita, Zulah, Muriel, Hilda, Ivena, Mercedes, Lyra, Merle and 5 brothers, David, Othneil, Irad, Noel and Leslie, their spouses, many cousins,  nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to name.

    Bishop Benjamin today takes these scriptures as his guiding principles as he continues to live and work for the Lord:   ­­­­­Phil. 3: 13-14:   “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”  as well as Titus 3: 13: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Our Savior Jesus Christ.”


Youth Pastor—Hubert Johnson

340.715.9942 (home) or 340.227.3196 (cell)


    Hubert F. Johnson was born on May 29, 1982, in Guadeloupe, to Radcliff Johnson & Alexandra Thomas.  He moved to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands in 1992 and attended the Hoffman Church of God of Prophecy there, and moved to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in 1994 and now attends the Hoffman Church of God of Prophecy here.

    He married his beautiful wife, Anne E. Bramble, on February 21, 2007.  He is part of the Music Ministries Team, as the Music Coordinator, one of the drummers, and also one of the keyboardists.  Judah Praise, the Caribbean Gospel Group out of St. Thomas, was fortunate to have had him as their drummer as well.

    As of August 2009, Bishop W.E. Hutchinson appointed him as the Youth Pastor-in-Training of this local Church.  Hubert's favorite passage of scripture is Psalm chapter 1, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly...And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season..." {KJV}.