Editor’s Note: we bring this to you not because we necessarily agree with the media’s portrayal of the situation, but because it is noteworthy that the secular media is picking up on this story and we need to be aware of what is happening here.
John-Mark Bartlett, pastor of the largest congregation under the United Pentecostal Churches (UPC) banner, has been given 14 days to resign as head of the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab) – the Kingston-based church he has led for several years.
The Gleaner was told yesterday that this was a result of a fallout following UPC board earlier this year evicting Faith Chapel Apostolic Ministries (formerly Faith Chapel) from the Renfield Avenue, St Andrew, location it used for 36 years. Bartlett took a strident position that the action was unjustified.
According to sources, the dynamic preacher, who is described as a household name in the Apostolic Church in Jamaica and who heads the church with the nationally renowned Pentecostal Tabernacle Choir, was told to leave on Friday.
UPC ‘In Revenge Mode’
The source said Bartlett is being punished after voicing his disapproval to UPC – the umbrella organisation for the Apostolic churches.
Faith Chapel had broken away from the UPC; however, Pentab has remained.
“UPC is now in revenge mode and going after all the pastors who objected to the decision on Faith Chapel. And the next pastor they going after is Pastor (Wendel) Rankine from Portmore,” said the well-placed church source.
The source said Wildman Street Pentab was not going to take this action lightly.
“We are warriors, warriors for souls, warriors for Christ. And we are going to war on this one. Because it is wrong and God does not like ugly. I doubt Pentab congregation knows because the pastor that I know would not tell the congregation. Next thing they say he is inciting us to war, and that’s not him,” the source said.