award recipients : st. james
George Vincent Simpson is no stranger to struggles and challenges but his tenacity to remain goal-oriented and focused has enabled him to reap remarkable successes. George is the eleventh child in a family of twelve children. He was born in Brandon Hill, Clarendon on August 16, 1943 to Robert and Avinell Simpson, Farmer and housewife, respectively, who supported their family through small farming. Young George attended the Brandon Hill Elementary School in Clarendon and then the Eureka Private High School in May Pen where he passed the First, Second and Third Jamaica Local Examinations. His early career was supported by the kind financial assistance of Mrs. Mary Brown who also resided in Brandon Hill.
After five years as a pre-trained teacher, the Jamaica Baptist Union accepted him for ministerial training. On graduation, he served at Stewart Town, Trelawny from 1969 to 1980 and since then he has served at the Mt. Carey circuit in St. James. He also served the Jamaica Baptist Union as an executive member for 22 years during which time he held the positions of Vice-President for seven years, President for two years and Western Area Superintendent for five years. Over the years, he completed further studies in Theology and so he holds such qualifications as the Diploma in Ministerial Studies from the United Theological College, a Licentiate in Theology from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr Simpson has been the pastor of eight congregations for varying periods over the past 20 years.
Under his leadership, four new churches were commissioned, two basic schools established at Comfort Hall and Mt. Carey and a new manse constructed for the pastor of a new circuit that was established in St. James. In addition, a new education centre attached to the Mount Carey Baptist Church was built to accommodate the basic school, facilities for literacy training and a regular Christian Education Programme. Currently, his involvement in the community includes being Chairman of Garland Hall Memorial Children's Home and the St. James Auxiliary of the Bible Society and a member of the boards of the Anchovy Comprehensive High School, Mount Carey Basic School, Stewart Town All Age School and Roehampton Primary School. He also serves as Station Chaplain to the Police Force in Anchovy and as a member of the Commission of Enquiry into the Montego Bay Street People Affair. Dr. Simpson is a Justice of the Peace who is always available to citizens and is regarded widely as a spiritual enabler, a counselor and confidante.
He married Joan Williamson in 1971 and the union produced three children: one daughter and two sons. Dr. the Reverend George Vincent Simpson, you have distinguished yourself as a great achiever and have dedicated your life to the social and spiritual upliftment of our community to the glory of God. We salute you as a worthy recipient of the Governor-General's Achievement Awards for the parish of St. James in the year 2000.