Our Pastors



 
Interim 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 Ann, Venere Emanuel {deceased ~ December 2015}, Verona Celeste, Victor Emanuel and Vincent Emanuel {deceased ~ June 1984}, Deborah Vania and Daniel Vaughn (the last four being two sets of twins).  They are also the proud grandparents of four of the sweetest grandchildren - Cristiánn, Yasmín, Orlando & Otoniel. 

    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.  From 2011 to 2014, she served as the Interim Principal for Prophecy Academy, Inc. (PAI).

    Since March of 2016, she has been serving in this current capacity. Her vision is to develop emotionally and spiritually healthy disciples of Christ for the reaping of His harvest.

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.”