Pastor Malvern Mentore
Pastor Malvern Mentore was born the second son and third child of parents Clyve and Selena Mentor. Growing up in a deeply devout Seventh-day Adventist family made an indelible impression on him as he learned from an early age that service to God was not an option but a reasonable expectation.
The young Malvern was very active in church serving as a Sabbath School teacher for the junior class when he was just nine years old. This may have been an indication of future things. His activities in church included Pathfinders, AY and Dorcas Society activities. At nine years old he officially gave his life to God in baptism and started a path of service to God and his fellow man that has led him to this day here being the pastor of the Good News Chapel, Curepe Better Living Tabernacle, Tunapuna Seventh-day Adventist churches.
Malvern receive his call to pastoral ministry while living in Paramaribo, Suriname in 1982. Leaving family and all things familiar behind he journeyed to Trinidad to enter the then Caribbean Union College in 1983. His stay there would last six years and he would graduate with a Bachelors of Theology in 1989. Since then Pastor Mentore has gone on to earn advance Academic Degrees in Religion, International Relations, and Global Studies.
During his stay at Caribbean Union College Pastor Mentore met and married his life’s companion, the lovely Lystra James in September of 1987. Mrs Mentor, who currently functions as the Transfer Credit Officer at the University of the Southern Caribbean also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioural Science from that institution, and is currently completing a Masters in Educational Psychology.
Out of their union came three sons now young adults. Garth the youngest, a final year BBA in Management and Entrepreneurship major at COSTAAT, Kramer, the middle son, also a final year Graphic Arts major at COSTAAT, and Juergen, the eldest who graduated with a Bachelors of Technology degree at Andrews University qualifying him as an aircraft mechanic and pilot.
Pastor Mentore who was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1997 has served in several capacities within the Seventh-day Adventist organization, first as an intern and church pastor, then Youth Director within the Suriname Mission. In 1999 he received a call to Caribbean Union College to serve as Dean of Men, a position he held for seven years. In 2008 he returned to Pastoral ministry here in the South Caribbean Conference serving for one year in the Morvant district from 2007-2008, then for three years in the Laventille district from 2008 to 2011, then he began what proved to be a short stint of pastoral ministry in the Maracas district in 2012. Along with the Curepe/Better Living Tabernacle he also serves as pastor of the Tunapuna and Good News congregations.
A pragmatic man, Pastor Mentore considers himself a deep thinker who preaches out of a deep conviction of Christ imminent return. His deepest love in ministry is to see people come into a saving relationship with God, and a practical understanding of Christian living.