Marcus Francis resigns from DAEC; interim President appointed

Francis has tendered his resignation
Francis has tendered his resignation

Just over three months after he was elected President of the Dominica Evangelical Association (DAEC), Francis Marcus, has resigned.

Francis tendered his resignation to the Association and a special meeting of its Executive was held on January 12.

At that meeting Pastor Arlington Wilson was officially appointed Vice President and has been mandated to act in the interim as President until the Annual General Meeting is held at the end of DAEC’s financial year.

Wilson, currently shepherding the flock at the Layou Christian Union Church, has served in several Churches of the Assembly around the island for over 34 years.

He has held several positions on the DAEC Executive, the most recent being that of Executive member.

His contribution to the development of the Association continues to be invaluable.

Francis was appointed President at a meeting of DAEC’s executive held on Thursday, 9th October, 2014.

He replaced the late Bishop Michael “Bill” Daniel who held the position until the time of his passing on August 22, 2014.

At the time of his election Francis said that he was ready for the “awesome task” of advancing the objective of DAEC which is bringing “the body together in a spirit of humility, a bond of peace and to give a sense of direction to the country from a biblical perspective.”

No reasons were given for Francis’ resignation

The other members of the Executive are:
Mrs Anthea Joseph – Secretary
Pastor Cecil Joseph – Treasurer
Mrs Clementina Munro – Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Pastor Kennedy Dupuis – Member
Pastor Francois Maxime – Member

DAEC said it has scheduled a number of activities for the next few months to include a Grand National rally, meeting with various pastors and prayer meetings with the hope of further strengthening the Christian community.

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  1. January 30, 2015

    Whether it is in church life, government, or the business world, unexpected resignations happen from time to time.

    The more hum drum our own lives are the more closely we follow the news in the hope of extracting a little excitement. The less we know about policies and procedures the more we are apt to read into an event like an election or a resignation.

    Let it be understood that:

    (1) Pastor Marcus Francis was elected by his peers who obviously believed he was qualified and capable.

    (2) He accepted this believing at the time it was the right thing to do.

    (3) Now he has resigned for a reason or reasons known best to him.

    Apart from the churches that belong to this Association and their members it should be of no concern to anybody. Mr. Francis and the DAEC can share what information they wish and apart from that it is none of our business.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, International Evangelist

  2. Insider
    January 29, 2015

    I suprised he lasted this long with that crop he had to serve with. You should have quit after all you first meeting dude. Kudos to you for lasting 4 months with these “christians” .

  3. clueless
    January 29, 2015

    The truth is that Pastors and priests are humans just like us. The problem is we make our self believe that they are God, and hence infallible. But they aren’t and as soon as they make mistakes we say all sort of things. Marcus my boy just go to your God. A saint is a sinner who falls down but gets up.
    1 John 1:9 gives the answer.

  4. Jahmusician (Herb J)
    January 29, 2015

    Fellow Dominicans,

    Let us not jump to conclusions. I know Marcus personally, and whatever reason he resigned for, that is between him and God because He did not say why and hence, we need not speculate. We have a nation to build so let’s get on with doing what we can to build and promote Dominica in the best way we can whether some of us are in the Diaspora or at home in Dominica itself. Let’s love one another, work together and support each other. It doesn’t matter who we are, what our political or religious affiliation might be. And to those of us who are born again Christians, our duty is to always give a person the benefit of the doubt and to pray earnestly for people if we sense that something is wrong. It may be or it very well may not be the case. We don’t know, but GOD KNOWS. Dominica is a not a big big place. We are an island………a lovely nature island, scenically-speaking and so to go along with that, let’s be a lovely people too………on the inside of us.

  5. Rabbit
    January 28, 2015

    Having pastor or reverend in front of your name is not an accomplishment. Christianity/religion requires a certain amount of hypocrisy from people. It seems to me that either god is confused after he called him to lead the flock or there there is no god speaking to any of you at all. I will think the latter is true. I am actually happy for you Marcus Francis,I hope you leave the religion alone all together & stop lying to children about some god who doesn’t exist.

    • January 30, 2015

      Imagine this!

      People who are not part of the family, people who do not profess to be Christians, and people who are known for their dislike of believers, are the very ones whose jaws are flapping :!:

      If a crime has been committed the media has a responsibility to inform the public because people could be at risk. But apart from this the proper protocol is to keep matters within the church “family”. If it does not involve outsiders there is no reason to share the information with the public. Educated people in politics and the business world understand this.

      There are reasons for not sharing all the business of any company with the public. Some things are kept confidential.

      The truth sometimes gets distorted or exaggerated.

      The church of Jesus Christ does have enemies. There are people who will take whatever information they can get that might be harmful to the church and use it to hurt the work.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  6. January 28, 2015

    Pastor Marcus Francis has a right to resign at any time he pleases but it is just surprising that it has happened so soon.Any way bro. be strong.

    • mine
      January 29, 2015

      Anybody can resign from a job. 1. If he or she doesn’t like it, too much stress because of the volume of work, can’t get along with coworker or get something better. if they resign for wrong doing it looks bad for this person. Well I give him credit for doing the right thing if he thinks his at fault by resigning from his post.

  7. supporter
    January 28, 2015

    so all you finger pointers are you without your own faults?get yourselves right and stop trying to assume you know the reason he resigned. when you all face The Almighty He WILL NOT BE ASKING WHAT DID Marcus Francis do with his life? HE will be asking YOU . yes, YOU what YOU did with yours. your assumptions does not make you lesss sinful’ if you are’ or more saved if you are already saved. some ppl just live for d next gossip.

    • Just Observing
      January 29, 2015

      You mean a mere mortal living in this perverse (human place) can properly claim he is saved. As long as we live in a place where have to make decisions – we have choices about how to live our life, how can we say we are “saved”. I will accept that we will try to live a life that is pleasing to God. Some are stronger than others able to withstand temptation. But as long as we live in a society where we are tempted, there is no saying that we can be “saved”. Saved from the rough of the enemy etc. See how many of the specially selected ones went amiss on their journey. My point is. One cannot say they are “saved” as along as they journey on this evil world. After death, if we die in the Lord, then there is no pain and suffering and temptation, I will agree. Pastor life goes on. I have my own human challenges to deal with. Who am I to judge you?

      • January 30, 2015

        Yes, any of us now in this world can know we are saved if we have trusted the Lord Jesus and put our faith in Him. It is a matter of believing that on the cross at Calvary He took all the guilt of our sins upon Him and died to set us free.

        Saved people are not perfect just forgiven. Unfortunately we sometimes sin. But the Word of God promises us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” according to 1 John 1:9.

        We are not saved by doing good works. We are saved by believing in Christ, that is by trusting Him, and depending upon Him. Please read the following scriptures. St. John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9, 1 John 5: 11-13. So even if life throws us a curve we do not lose our salvation if we stop doing good works. Read Romans 4:1-5, and Romans 5:1.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  8. leclec
    January 28, 2015

    More rumors and another resignation?

  9. maby
    January 28, 2015

    maybe he don’t like the silence the churches maintain on inland while there is so many injustice, and not wanting to upset or rock the boat, so he jump out of the ship…… i am only speculating

  10. Pastor Friend
    January 28, 2015


    As I looked at the various comments by different persons, some of whom mean well and others with a rejoicing tone; it behooves to think that people without knowing facts would just come to such unmerited judgement and condemnation the man. Please note I am not writing this comments because he is a pastor but because I know the pressure that comes with living up when all eyes are on you. What ever he may or didn’t do; which one of us is worthy of pointing fingers.

    When one warrior falls, whether by his own fault or that of others; the Christlike thing to do is to restore him. Let adopt a Godly attitude. Today is his; tomorrow might be yours.
    Rejoicing over anyone failures can never be right in the eyes of God. Whatever he did or didn’t do; (because I don’t know the reasons for his resignation) but what ever it might be I am sure he searched deep inside and saw that the most appropriate thing to do is to step down and let God work and restore him. Praying For…

  11. Suspicions
    January 28, 2015

    We need to pray for our spiritual leaders.

  12. Harbinger
    January 28, 2015

    Much of the world called “evangelical Christianity” follows a theological system called “Dispensationalism.”

  13. TRUTH
    January 28, 2015

    He is a handsome guy

    • Titiwi
      January 28, 2015

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Anyway, what has this got to do with his resignation?

  14. dominica
    January 28, 2015

    Yes to the evangelicals who like to go around saying that is only in the Catholic Church this happens, you all see it happens in all religions. Pastors and priest are human beings who all make mistakes like all of us do. However it is really sad when such a thing occurs.

  15. Outside Looking In
    January 28, 2015

    Man, you should just leave the pastor business alone.

  16. this is news?
    January 28, 2015

    This meeting happened jan 12. So now DNO get the story. Someone has an agenda. Hmmmmm DNO you got sucked in to a minion plan. Tsk tsk tsk. The guys on the radio wouldnt bite so now lets aee if DNO WILL HELP . God doesnt like ugly.

  17. so what?
    January 28, 2015

    One thing ,we Dominicans are great at character assassination. Yes papa

    • Titiwi
      January 29, 2015

      We learning that from our leader, who does so when he is shielded by privilege in the House.

  18. Rough Road
    January 28, 2015 man is perfect so you are not perfect but I think you should tell the church what you did,,,,in so doing you will get more respect from the church and everyone… with the matter and move on with your life bro..its not over until its over bro

    • Stupes
      January 29, 2015

      What if he didn’t do anything. What if he resigned because of what the church has done to him and his family? What if he is trying to protect the reputation of the same church that he has lead for so many years cause he if speaks it would drive people away from Christ.

    • Words
      January 29, 2015

      Tell the church what???? It’s a shame when so called ‘christians’ like you try to put each other in mud and want them to remain in it and roll over and over; when they try to stand and the area is slippery instead of lending a hand to support their unsteady feet you kick them back in the mud..Shame, shame,

    • February 2, 2015

      Some of you want the pastor to tell what he did so you can gloat. You are assuming he did something so you and your friends can have a good gossip fest!

      If you belong to the DAEC ….

      If you voted for Pastor Francis …

      If you pay Pastor Francis salary …

      If you or a family member was directly hurt or influenced by his resignation …

      then you may have a right to know why he resigned! Otherwise it is none of your business. Spiritual leaders live in a glass fishbowl. The inordinate interest that outsiders take in our personal and professional lives is stressful, and it is bad for our spouses and children.

      Surely your own lives are not so dull that you must borrow a little excitement from a personal decision made by a religious leader. It is only the grace of God that some of you have not been sued for the things you say or imply without knowing the facts. This shows bad manners and a lack of protocol.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  19. Lang Mama
    January 28, 2015

    Me papa!!! According g to pastor bull if you ever find me in that church thing give me a kick in my bam bam.
    Hypocrisy and too much of it. After that these hypocrite Christians are the ones who want to reject me visa for heaven and offer me passport to their hell.

    • watching
      January 28, 2015

      you sound retarded. does not matter what marcus has or has not done you have to answer to God for yourself idiot.

      • Titiwi
        January 29, 2015

        That is true brother but in that case there is nothing pastor has to teach me and collect money from that.

  20. Titiwi
    January 28, 2015

    Now of course the question on everybody;s lips is “why did he resign”?

    • this is news?
      January 28, 2015

      It should be why was he elected?

  21. oh oh
    January 28, 2015

    hmmmm hmmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm

    • Titiwi
      January 28, 2015

      Oh, oh, hmmm, hmmmm, hmmm! I guess the anwer is in your cryptic clues? Just say it loud and see what you get.

    • February 4, 2015

      What a profound statement! :-|

      What wise people you have in Dominica! 8-O

      Such astounding comments must have people getting up early to read DNO! 8-O

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist. :-P

  22. MUDD
    January 28, 2015

    HMMM….talk the truth my Francis it will set you free.

    Dominicans just believe is the catholic church alone that doing.

    • The Evangelist
      January 28, 2015

      @MUDD, stop that open air crusade because you know very well that we no longer have a line drawn between Catholics and professed Christians thanks to Skerrit who made us one. We are now one church and all of us doing the same thing whether in public or secret. All of us accepted corrupt money and none can bad talk the other. All of us closed our churches to attend DLP events so one is not better than the other. We Catholics accepted bribery but the others like some leading evangelist did not only accept the same bribe but were seen distributing money to buy votes. Because of our one faith policy, we cannot talk about Virgin MARY or any of the religious barriers that once separated us. \

      • Just Observing
        January 29, 2015

        You are not speaking about pastor Rod’s of Jean Noel (from south city) churches? Are you? Think again!

      • February 4, 2015

        I do not know what is happening in Dominica except what I read in DNO.

        The resignation of a Christian leader in another country is not my business unless it effects my own ministry which the resignation of Pastor Francis does not.

        When I comment I am sharing general principles that apply to any similar resignation in any other nation including my own.

        However this notion that we are to avoid mentioning any difference between Protestants and
        Catholics and act as if we are all one is sheer nonsense. We should be respectful towards others. However, we needed not pretend that differences do not exist.

        When it comes to Mary the blessed mother of our Lord I teach everything the New Testament says about her and no more.

        I am committed to preaching the uncompromised gospel of the grace of God and teaching traditional Christian morality and family values. If this draws a line that divides people so be it!

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist

    • watching
      January 28, 2015

      i don’t see why he has to speak any kind of ‘truth’ to you

  23. thinking
    January 28, 2015

    Marcus I know u are a man of God but a man non the less. So much rumors have been swirling about u. Don’t u think u resigning is gonna add more fuel and speculation about these so called rumors?

    • pffff
      January 28, 2015

      Sometimes you have to walk
      out to maintain the peace.
      There is no pleasing people including ” le christians”

      • Just Observing
        January 29, 2015

        I agree!! Sometimes by staying put it can create division and scandal. I do not know what happen but judging by the comments – IF IT IS TRUE, it is better to step aside for a while, lick your wounds, let God purge you and come again. God’s Church is bigger than all of us. Any body talking about Pastor BJ these days. He has moved on and serving God.

    • watching
      January 28, 2015

      Look up the definition of a rumor….

      • Osanna Mowanga
        January 28, 2015

        There must be a separation. The christians , pastors included have allowed themselves to be boiught by the p.m.
        he must be laughing now.
        Come out from among them, says the word of God.

      • Titiwi
        January 29, 2015

        A rumor is a talking tumor.

      • February 4, 2015

        Please do not repeat a rumor. If it is false you are telling a lie. If it is true you are becoming a trouble maker. Either way it may hurt somebody that should not be hurt. Rumors can break up marriages, scare children for life, and divide families.

        Spreading a rumor makes room for others to add to it. Refusing to repeat a rumor stops it in its tracks.

        When we repeat a rumor we are compounding the damage. Leaving it for those concerned allows for the matter to be dealt with in a wise and compassionate way.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

    • February 4, 2015

      Silence will only fuel speculation in foolish people who are bored with their own lives. They are seeking some gossip that will give them something to talk about to their like minded friends. These people live at a low level and never find themselves on the inside of anything worthwhile. If they had a life filled with charity and good deeds they would not concern themselves with the resignation of a religious leader except to pray that God will guide his life.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, International Evangelist.

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