Sunday, March 26, was not only a memorable day for Bishop Cleophas L. Capron II and his wife, Minister Annis B. Capron; it was also an emotional day, which marked the official retirement of Bishop Capron from active ministry.
A special service of Thanksgiving was held at the Church of God of Prophecy, Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, where Bishop Capron had served for 25 years.
The service was filled with tributes and stories from fellow clergymen, family and friends thanking Bishop Capron for his contributions not only in the gospel ministry, but also to them personally.
Speaking with this daily following the event, Bishop Capron expressed gratitude to all who made the service the success that it was.
“It is with a grateful heart that my wife and I thank the almighty God for counting us worthy, putting us in the ministry and our National Overseers for the opportunity to serve,” said Bishop Capron.
Listing the areas of ministry and under whom he served, Bishop Capron recounted serving as pastor of the Pinedale congregation under Bishop Brice Thompson, National Overseer and General Presbyter Emeritus; continuing with Bishop Dr. Elgarnet Rahming, National Overseer Emeritus.
“Under his administration I served as National Administration Assistant, Chairman of the Questions and Subject Committee; member of the National Insurance Board of Trustees, the Ministerial Board, the Finance and Stewardship Committee and the Social Outreach Ministry; instructor for the Center for Biblical Leadership (CBL) and District Overseer for Great Harbour Cay and the Berry Islands, and Grand Bahama and Bimini.”
Bishop Capron noted that as his heart is in seeing the Kingdom of God expand, he served in whatever was entrusted to him, outside of where he was appointed.
“When Bishop Rahming retired, I continued to serve under his successor and present National Overseer, Bishop Franklin Ferguson, until March 26, the time of my retirement with my wife by my side.”
Speaking to the Sunday service, where he was not only showered with tributes, but gifts as well, Bishop Capron shared special thanks to Bishop Kermit Saunders and the Kingdom Worship Center family, who presented him with a fully-loaded Cadillac.
He also extended appreciation to, “to all of my family in Christ from across The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. To all Bishops, pastors, ministers, congregations, family, friends and well-wishers that are too numerous to mention, I say a heartfelt thank you.
“To a few of my close friends – Bishops Rudolph Bowe, J. M. Swann, Anthony Roker, Dr. Woodley Thompson, Nathaniel Beneby, Galie Swann, Jeffery Knowles, Hulan Hanna, Andrew Brown, Godfrey Williams, George Thompson, Roosevelt Rolle, Ricardo Grant; David Beneby, director of the Bahama Brass Band, Father Curtis Robinson, pastor Cedric Beckles, Minister Patricia Bethel, director of the Social Outreach Ministry; Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, MP; DCP Emrick Seymour and the RBPF; Betty Cox, Mary Moss, David Wallace, Will Stubbs, Bert Campbell, Leo Wells, Kevin Hall and Family, Hadley Forbes of Forbes Charter; Minister John and Noraine Carr; Minister Orlando and Loraine Nottage of Florida; Rosemary Braynen of Florida; Office Plus, the staff of ZNS Grand Bahama, The Freeport News, Kevin Hall and family and my children and their families.
“To pastor Keith Palmer, my successor; ministers and hard working members and followers of the church in Pinedale, thank you for all of your support these last 25 years. Thank you to the Pastoral Care Committee for taking care of my family and I, Prayer Ministry and Evangelist Outreach Team.
“I encourage you to stay faithful to God and your pastor, pray for him, with him, love him and his family, for God the righteous judge will give you a crown of righteousness that fadeth not away. Thank you Grand Bahama and Bimini,” said Bishop Capron.
“While I am retired from the day-to-day active ministry, I am still a child of God and will continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those I come into contact with.”