Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, with the Dominican Republic occupying the other two thirds. It was the first Caribbean nation to gain its independence on January 1, 1804. Haiti is known for being the poorest country in the western hemisphere, but it so much more than that with a rich and diverse history and landscape.
- Most Haitians are descendants of people from central and western Africa who were brought to the island as slaves in the 16th century.
- Tortuga, a small island off the northern coast of Haiti, was once a favorite hiding place for pirates.
- The official languages of Haiti are Haitian Creole (Kreyòl) and French. Kreyòl is the language of daily conversation. French is used in government and business.
- Haiti’s name comes from the Arawak word ayiti, which means “land of mountains.”
- On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti.
Source: Culture Grams
The Wesleyan Church and the Wesleyan Mission in Haiti were first planted in 1942 with roots in both the Wesleyan Methodist and Pilgrim Holiness branches of Wesleyan Church history. Through the intervening years many missionaries have devoted years, even lifetimes, of dedicated service to evangelism, discipleship, leadership training, medical mission and other ministries of compassion. The Wesleyan Church of Haiti owes its existence and deep spiritual foundations of these pioneers and early national church leasers who carefully crafted a solid foundation on which the church could be built.
The Mission and Church that presently exist grew up around four geographical focal points or mission stations which now serve as district centers, located in Anse-a-Galets, Petit Goave, Bainet, and Port Margot. There are presently 106 active churches with a membership of over 6000 with over 130 active pastors. As well, the Wesleyan Church of Haiti sponsors a number of educational opportunities with 61 community elementary schools and 7 secondary school serving approximately 20,000 students.
Pastor Doucet Desronvil was elected National Superintendent. Pastor Doucet lives in Port-au-Prince and is the lead pastor at Carrefour Feuille Wesleyan Church, which pre-earthquake had a congregation of about 1600. His wife works in the translation department of Compassion Haiti. Pastor Doucet and Mme Pastor Doucet have three children: Sandy Dora, Rochelle, and Rico.
Pastor Denor Rosemond the Superintendent of the Northern District was elected Assistant Superintendent. He has led the district for many years to become what is now considered the healthiest of the four districts.
Pastor Erold Pierre was re-elected National treasurer. Pastor Erold is on staff at Carrefour Feuille Wesleyan Church. He and his wife have two children. His wife is the president of Wesleyan Women for the South-West district.
Fre Belyard was re-elected as Secretary for the National Committee. Fre Belyard is an attorney from the North District.
East District: Rev. Robert Noel
South-West District: Rev. Mathurin
La Gonave District: Rev. Marcel Bertrand
North District: Rev. Denor Rosemond