Goal: To love mercy, walk humbly and act justly.
Dr Garnett Roper is the President of the Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS). He was trained at JTS, 1973-78, Fort Wayne Bible College, (now Taylor University) 1976/7 and Westminster Theological Seminary 1983-86. He has earned his PhD in Theology at The University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. The subject of his research is the Development of a Caribbean Public Theology.
His studies have been directed towards expertise in theology and Bible with special focus on Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek. During his studies at Westminster Theological Seminary he was lead corrector for the project to put the Hebrew text of the Old Testament on computer and to build a Hebrew data-base. His work required the correction of data, spelling and transmission errors made by the University of Belgium and the University of Michigan in inputting the data. Dr Garnett Roper has been duly honoured and commended for his work on this Septuagint and Cognate Studies project led by the University of Jerusalem.
Academic experience has included lectureship and tutorship at the following institutions: The Jamaica Theological Seminary (Hebrew, Greek, Bible, Theology and Contextual Theology, Reading the Bible as Literature and Caribbean Thought), United Theological College (UTC), (Hebrew, Greek and Contextual Theology), International University of the Caribbean (Greek), CGST where he taught OT Hebrew. He has presented significant academic papers at the University of Syracuse, University of Princeton and the University of Exeter.
PUBLIC SECTOR INVOLVEMENT
Experience in the Public Sector has included two stints as Chairman of the Social Development Commission as Chairman 1995-2000 and 2005-7. He managed a budget of J$1B per year. He has served as advisor to the Prime Minister on Youth and Community Development and to the Minister of Local Government in a similar capacity. He has also served as Executive Director of the National Youth Service and developed the administrative infrastructure including hiring staff designing systems and curriculum for the re-socialization of unattached youth. The JAMVAT and national summer employment programmes were also developed under his watch. He managed a budget of J$200M per year. Dr Roper was also a member of the board of the Planning Institute of Jamaica and a member of the National Planning Council.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Jamaican Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) and the Rural Electrification Programme (REP) and he sits on the Board of the Transport Authority.
Pastoral experience has stretched over a period of thirty-one years and has included three churches, First Missionary Church 1978-1997, Portmore Missionary Church (PMC), 1999-2009 and Mineral Heights Missionary Church 2007-2009. All three Churches were led in developing a pattern of ministry that sought to expect great things from God and attempt great things for God. The Gospel was placed at the cross roads of human experience. An important tool of the pastoral ministries has been the development of micro-lending institution for the Church. At PMC a church without walls has been established. This includes streaming the worship services live on line with audio and video and the broadcasting of more than one radio programmes produced and presented by members of the church.
Dr Roper had been a broadcaster with more than thirty years experience and had hosted a number of talk shows including Public Eye on the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, (JBC) and the Evening Edition on Newstalk 93FM. He has also hosted the Independent Talk morning show on Power 106 radio station. He had been a newspaper columnist for more than fifteen years and is the former chairman of New Generation Publishers Limited the company that owns and publishes the Sunday Herald Newspaper.
Dr Roper has participated in the development of both community and commercial projects notably among which are the following: Developing the concept and stakeholder consultations and leading the approval process for the Rio Bueno Shipping Port owned by Tank Weld Metals, completing the community consultation and approval process for Bahia Principe (Spanish) Hotel, the erecting and retrofitting and organizing of a homework centre in Water House St Andrew, the building and installation of management and lighting systems for a community basket ball complex in Edgewater Portmore, St Catherine.
Publications include chapters in a number of works published in Jamaica and Hong Kong. There are also articles in scholarly magazines. His books include, Jubilee, Jubilee, This is the Year of Jubilee (2012) Caribbean Theology as Public Theology, (2013) and also A Kairos Moment For Caribbean Theology: Ecumenical Voices in Dialogue, (2013) Edited by Garnett Roper and J Richard Middleton.
Dr. Garnett Roper is married to Georgia who is Vice Principal of St Andrew High School for girls and they have three children, Shani, Danielle and Steven. All three children have completed their college education; Shani Roper PhD (Rice University 2013) and Danielle Roper PhD Candidate (NYU), G. Steven Roper does film and animation.