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Former Adventist Church president for West Indies region knighted by Queen

source link By Andreas Goelzer - Posted on 15 June 2009

here .mt-image-right {margin:0px!important;}.mt-image-left {margin:0px!important;} Britain's Queen Elizabeth II knighted governor-general of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen when he was presented his credentials during a private audience in Buckingham Palace. Allen, former church president for the West Indies region, was made a knight commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. [photo: Mark Kellner] The first Seventh-day Adventist pastor to serve as governor-general of Jamaica is now a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Sir Patrick Allen, former president for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the West Indies region, in a June 12 ceremony at Buckingham Palace.The order is "awarded to men and women of high office, or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country," according to the British monarchy's official Web site.  Allen became Jamaica's sixth governor-general February 26, shortly after stepping down as the church's president in the region.  Allen said that while he missed church work, he was "sure and confident that this is what the Lord wants me to do now.""As much as I miss it, I am aware that my service is in a broader scope," Allen said.Elected president of the West Indies region in 2000, Allen began his pastoral service in the church in 1981, after a decade of working for the Jamaican government.