He inspires, motivates, uplifts, challenges. He and his beautiful wife Dawnette, and their two handsome sons entered the grounds of the New Rochelle Seventh-day Adventist church on July 15, 2018.
We knew immediately that the New Rochelle Seventh-day Adventist church would never be the same again. This Pastor was uniquely different. In a short time we were hearing the word strategic planning. Soon we had a motto, mission, vision, and core values established for our church.
We realized quickly that he was the definition of a born leader, teacher, organizer. He inspires us to become leaders and to be involved in the decisions and ministries of our church. He is a dynamic, versatile preacher. Each week, the sermon he presents reminds us of our need to spend time at the feet of Jesus. He holds the attention of young and old as he presents and demonstrates each sermon in a way that undeniably leaves an impact on each person. He keeps us focused on our one and only mission, “to win souls.” He is friendly and welcoming and shows interest in the well being of both members and visitors. He is Greg Anthony Baldeo.
Greg Anthony Baldeo hails from the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica West Indies. He grew up in the Seventh-day Adventist church and accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 9. He preached his first sermon at age 10.
Greg felt the call of God to pastoral ministry at an early age, though he struggled with making the decision. He attended Burman University, formerly Canadian University College where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Counseling Psychology. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Organizational and Strategic Leadership from The Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Pastor Baldeo officially began his Pastoral Ministry in the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventist in Canada. He later returned to his homeland Jamaica where he served in the Central Jamaica Conference as Pastor of 4 churches of the Mile Gully District. Through his leadership, programs were developed to attract the youth. The churches grew as they surpassed their baptismal goals. They also achieved their largest percentage increase in Stewardship. There were significant renovation and improvements on the infrastructure of churches within the district.
Subsequently, he was assigned to Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist church. Through strategic planning and development, evangelistic efforts were renewed, many community development and out reach activities were instituted to meet the needs of the community, for Adventists, as well as, non-Adventists. Through Pastor Baldeo’s leadership the church established its first Adventist Center of Influence. This center housed over 300 adult learners daily and offered services such as, counseling, medical and dental care, food and clothing banks and a skills training room. Under his leadership, the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist church grew from approximately 1600 members to over 2000 when he left.
In 2014 Pastor Baldeo was called to serve as Youth Director for Central Jamaica Conference. He was now responsible for the leadership and management of the youth in 3 of Jamaica’s largest parishes: Clarendon, St. Catherine and Manchester. During his tenure as Youth Director he developed and implemented Operation Save A Youth - (OSAY) - a youth empowerment and intervention program, which became a flagship program of the Central Jamaica Conference and earned the recognition and endorsement of the Governor General.
As Youth Director he positively impacted the youth through his sermons, outreach and the provision of his time and energy to uplift them and introduce them to a Savior who loves and wants them to be saved.
In addition to his Pastoral duties Pastor Baldeo served as Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Manchester. He also served on the Northern Caribbean University Strategic Visioning Committee and Quality Assurance Committee. He served as Chaplain of the University College of the Caribbean (UCC).
Pastor Baldeo and his beautiful wife Dawnette Baldeo are strong proponents of Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education. Both of their sons Rashaun and Javar have been recipients of Kindergarten through 12th grade Seventh-day Adventist education. Rashaun is currently attending University and Javar is a senior in high school. Dawnette is a Human Resources expert. She does consultive work in Human Resource strategies and operations change management, policy and procedural management. Dawnette believes that God has called the entire family to ministry and she continues to encourage, support and work along side her husband.