Former chair of the National Gospel Fest Committee, Pastor Fidel Taylor, has been honoured for his stewardship, two years after stepping down from the post.
He was presented with a plaque on Sunday during the National Gospel Fest Showcase in Kingstown.
The citation, read by Marissa George-Moncherry, said Taylor was instrumental in the establishment of the SVG Gospel Fest, which is into its 16th year.
He held the position of chair for over 14 years and led the committee astutely.
“He was involved in all aspects of the festival, including [as] zonal co-ordinator for the South Leeward Zone as well [as] festival songwriter and singer. The Gospel Fest Committee expresses sincere thank you and appreciation to Mr. Fidel Taylor for his talent and stewardship exhibited during his tenure,” George-Moncherry said.
In response, Taylor said:
“What can I say? To God be the glory, great things he has done. I was just an instrument that allowed myself to be used by God to ensure that this festival enjoys the success that it is now enjoying.”
He thanked the Gospel Fest Committee and the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for giving him “the opportunity to serve.
“I saw myself as a servant in the Kingdom of God. I want to encourage the churches and the sponsors to rally around Gospel Fest. Make sure it stays alive and grow from strength to strength. I have stepped down as chairman to pastor the Rillan Hill Church of the Nazarene and I really had to make a hard decision. I am not gone. I am still around. My support is still with the festival. Continue to pray for me, my family and continue to support Gospel Fest,” Taylor said.
Taylor sang the Gospel Fest theme song at Sunday’s event.
Co-incidentally, the Rillan Hill Church of the Nazarene Choir ministered at Sunday’s event, becoming one of the first choirs to do so in years, amidst what sources tell iWitness News are concerns among co-ordinators of the festival about the technical challenges relating to choirs delivering effectively in open air situations.