The Caymanas and the United Presbyterian missionaries

The Baton arrives at the Cayman Islands today (11.04.2014), as did several alumni from the University of Glasgow in the mid-nineteenth century.

William Whitecross and John Smith were early missionaries to Grand Cayman in 1857 and 1868 respectively. The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (as it is now known) began its ministry in the Cayman Islands in 1846 as the Presbyterian Church, and Whitecross was the second missionary after Rev James Elmslie to take charge of mission stations on the island.

United Church, Cayman Island Council

United Church, Cayman Island Council

Their work within the Church and promotion of education continues and is remembered today. According to the United Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman website “The United Church is the longest established Church in the Cayman Islands. It was formerly the Presbyterian Church […] and is found in every District of Grand Cayman, with more than one congregation in some Districts. Wherever you live or are staying on Grand Cayman, there is a United Church within easy reach of you!”

 

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