PASTORAL TEAM

Rev. Cecil Quamina
A leader and visionary at heart with over forty (40) years of ministerial experience, Reverend Quamina’s tenacity, simple pure faith in the power of prayer and the ability of the Holy Spirit to do the impossible, have allowed the church to grow from a small group of saints in 1983 to over 4,000 active members at present.

Reverend Quamina is a trained teacher. However the call to preach was so strong on his life that he left his job to enter into full time ministry. After graduating from the Open Bible Institute of Theology, he served as youth pastor for eleven years, and was installed to the office of senior pastor in 1984.

As director of the Church Growth International Seminars since 2000, Reverend Quamina has brought to the Body of Christ a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has travelled extensively, teaching at Church Growth Seminars throughout the UK, USA, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Trinidad and Tobago. “I believe that growth should be the intention of all ministries. God wants us to multiply and replenish. All leaders should possess largeness of heart.” says Reverend Quamina. Many new churches were birthed and others resuscitated through his ministry. As a pastor, his greatest sense of fulfilment comes from seeing lives converted, souls saved and decisions being made for Christ where ever he preaches.

He feels a deep sense of satisfaction as he lives and works with passion and energy. Thus far, because of his uncompromising faith in the God of miracles and his belief in the power of sowing and reaping, he has seen all the projects God laid on his heart come to fruition.

This humble man of God deems it an honour to have been used by God to bring the First Church of the Open Bible to one which draws people from all over the country, to come and experience the power of God. He is blessed with the gift of faith and views every challenge as an opportunity to exercise and develop spiritual muscles. He faces every mountain with a positive attitude.

Among his greatest desire, is to see consistent Christ-likeness in the lives of God’s people, that our behaviour in the church be the same as in the marketplace, and greater unity and networking among churches. He believes in the expansion principle outlined in St. Mark’s Gospel, Chapter 4. He lives and works by the belief that the Spirit of multiplication leads to dynamism and growth within the Body of Christ and adheres to the conviction that the Church should be local as well as global.

Married to Reverend Deborah Quamina for over forty (40) years, he is the proud father of three children – Kezia, Luke and Sarah Lee, and grandfather of two – Trinity and Judah. The Quamina family uses every opportunity to blend their family life with ministry. Reverend Quamina admits that his most fulfilling moment as a father was to experience his son Luke preach his first message.

He counts it a joy and an honour to be of service to the Kingdom of God. His vision is to see the Church expand to unexplored areas such as medical care, accommodation, agriculture and drug rehabilitation. A man with a vision and heart for the people he leads, he practices what he preaches that “relationships are greater than all our accomplishments”, because he believes that people matter to God.

Rev. Deborah Quamina
Saved at the age of thirteen “Sister Debbie” as she is fondly called, is the adopted daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Weldon Davis, former missionaries to Trinidad and Tobago from Toledo, Ohio.

She became a credentialed minister in 1973, and has been involved in active ministry for over forty (40) years.

A gifted counsellor, encourager, unflinching intercessor, spiritual mother and mentor, Sister Debbie has, over the years given yeoman service to our children and youth ministries, counselling, visitation and affirmation of members.

She ministers both locally and internationally, has a passion for ministering to women, and accompanies her husband, Reverend Cecil Quamina on ministerial appointments. She was also featured in the Open Bible Message magazine in November – December 2013.

Her faith in God is simple but profound, and God has given her a powerful testimony of deliverance and provision in her life. Like her husband, she is a spiritual stalwart with unwavering faith. Her hearty laugh and joyful spirit endear her to many.

Reverend Deborah Quamina is a mother of three, Kezia, Luke, and Sarah-Lee and a grandmother of two – Trinity and Judah.

Rev. Keith Simmons
Reverend Keith Simmons has a very affable nature and is widely known as a man with a heart for people. It was easy for him to become a minister after completing studies at the Open Bible Institute of Theology, from which he graduated in 1980.

Reverend Simmons is a former teacher at the Open Bible High School. He served as pastor of the Couva Open Bible Church for seven (7) years, then became Assistant Pastor at First Church of the Open Bible in February, 1991.

He has a passion for souls and uses sport evangelism to win young men for Christ. One of his callings in life is that of being a mentor for young men, and he is actively involved in that ministry.

Known for his preaching which emphasises holy living and righteous lives that exemplify Christ, Reverend Simmons would like to see a return to more reverence for the sanctity of the house of God, Christians having a deeper altar experience, and higher moral and spiritual standards with respect to lifestyles.

Married to Camelite Ramsey-Simmons, they are the parents of two girls – Keziah Simmons-Grant, and Kelliah Simmons and grandparents of Kirissa Jewel Grant and Kayden Marcial.

Rev. Douglas Gibson
Reverend Douglas Gibson accepted the Lord in his mid-twenties, under the ministry of then Senior Pastor Carlyle Chankersingh. Not long after, “Pastor Douggie”, as he is affectionately called, began a Bible Study group in Marabella, called The Young Advisers, which eventually became known as The Christian Solidarity Movement.

Reverend Gibson is an ordained minister with the Open Bible Standard Churches of Trinidad and Tobago Incorporated, holding responsibility at the First Church of the Open Bible as an associate minister.  During his tenure he has served as a Sunday school teacher, on the Youth Committee, as leader of the Prayer and Worship ministry, and on the church board for several terms.

Along with the above he also served as Bible School Instructor at the Open Bible Institute of Theology. He is currently the National Prayer Coordinator for Open Bible Standard Churches Incorporated, leader of the School of Prayer, and also the Pastor of the Rhema Transformation Centre, ministering to a vibrant and youthful core of leaders. His passions include Teaching on Prayer, Worship, Relationships and Purpose.

He is the founder of The Christian Solidarity Movement – a gathering of young people from all over the island, coming together to pray, worship and seek the Lord. This movement also conducts a fortnightly radio program. His intent is to equip and empower a new generation of youthful leaders to unite the Church.

Reverend Gibson is the holder of a Diploma in Theology, from the Open Bible Institute of Theology, a B.Sc. in General Studies with majors in Counselling and Psychology and minor in Theology from the Caribbean Nazarene College.

He is married to Myrna, and together they have three sons – Kirk, Leighton, and Kirsten.

Pastor Laura Mohammed
Pastor Laura, a qualified Pharmacist, was let by God to leave her profession and go into full time ministry. A graduate of Faith Revival School of Ministry, she serves as the Pastor of Administration. She has the responsibility of co-ordinating church activities and events on the church’s calendar, inclusive of church conferences.

She oversees the Assimilation ministry, which includes Altar Work, Visitation, New Members/Believers Class and more, with emphasis on deployment of spiritual gifts and talents of believers into effective ministry.

Pastor Laura also co-ordinates the Christian Service Training Academy (CSTA), helping believers to grow in their relationship with God and become committed disciples.

Pastor Luke Quamina
Pastor Luke is a dynamic, young, sought after motivational speaker on a mission to impact millions with transformational truth. He empowers thousands to not only discover their purpose but also equips them with the proven principles and skills to fulfil it. He has impacted audiences and organizations with his courageously honest messages in word, always keeping true to his life’s mission: “to expose and reveal the truth.”

Pastor Luke has travelled extensively to over twenty five (25) countries including USA, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, Aruba, Venezuela, St. Maarten to name a few.  He has spoken for a host of local and international organisations including Guardian Life, Maritime Financial Group, First Citizens, National Guard, JMMB Investments (T&T) Limited, AKYO International Youth Conference.

An inspiring speaker, Pastor Luke’s areas of specialization are as leadership, entrepreneurship, personal development, parent-child relationships, self-mastery, mastering your assignment, serving your community and positive thinking.  In his own native Trinidad and Tobago, this choice son of the soil is in great demand as a motivational speaker at churches, schools, universities, community groups and business training seminars.

He was responsible for and has worked on the establishment of community-based projects and provided advisory services to support entrepreneurial development. He is the Co-Founder/Director of the Legacy School of Leadership which trains and develops leaders both locally and internationally.

A Florida Memorial University graduate, Pastor Luke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Nova South‑eastern University in Florida.

Pastor Luke is married to Rachael and is the proud father of their son Judah.

Pastor David Charles
Pastor David Charles is an anointed leader whom God has endowed with a passion and strong calling not just for worship but also for spiritual renewal in youths – especially those at the First Church of the Open Bible. He joined the pastoral staff in 2004 where he now serves as our Youth Pastor; and holds a degree in Psychology and Theology with a minor in Counselling.

This man of God is the “David” of this generation. He is a Psalmist who has written several God-inspired songs and is known for passionately ushering God’s people into a heaven-on-earth atmosphere of worship.  He leads Gates Praise Music – a group of dynamic, anointed young persons whose music continues to be a blessing to many both locally and abroad. Thus far, the Gates Praise team has produced and recorded two albums with the third currently in production.

Pastor David’s leadership has also been demonstrated through his responsibilities of coordinating Youth Prayer meetings, the church’s worship teams and planning all aspects of Youth Ministry activities including the annual I AM Youth Conference and youth camp. He is also responsible for providing Religious Instruction and coordinating the school outreach ministry.

The Psalmist is “cool” – at least that is how the youths describe him. His down-to-earth and approachable style of leadership has enabled him to reach them at their level. Under his genuine love, care and counsel, they have been empowered to develop and grow tremendously as mighty men and women of God.

At the end of his day’s work he ensures his ministry of God’s love continues within his home. Pastor David is happily married to Kristle Charles and they are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Destinee.

Pastor David Charles – a psalmist, a visionary, a leader, father, husband… a man after God’s own heart.

Pastor Mark Lochan
Mark LochanIn 2006 God placed a passion and desire on Pastor Mark’s heart for missions and evangelism. He obeyed the call of God and later that year, enrolled at the Open Bible Institute of Theology (OBIT), and majored as a missions student.  He began teaching the New Believers’ class and became involved in the telephone ministry. Throughout the years of training and development, he believed God was calling him to full time ministry – a life of total surrender. In 2010 he again obeyed that call and joined the staff at the First Church of the Open Bible.

Pastor Mark has the responsibility for assisting converts into becoming disciples. He also teaches the New Members’ and the Christian Service Training Academy (CSTA) classes.

His vision is to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread to all nations and has thus far ministered to congregations in Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. He currently serves with Pastor Michael Lumbard in training future missionaries via the School of Evangelism. He is dedicated to mentoring and discipling Christians, and believes that the true evidence of salvation is the manifestation of everlasting fruit in the lives of all those who believe.

Pastor Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, and is supported by his wife Sunita whom he met at OBIT.