“When I got the call to ministry, I could not sleep until I said ‘yes’ to God,” said The Rev. Phyllis Smit-Seymour, speaking at Fries Memorial Moravian Church in Winston-Salem this spring. The Rev. Smit-Seymour is the first woman to become Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) president for the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. She also currently serves as pastor at three Moravian congregations in Jamaica. She was visiting Winston-Salem for the Unity Women’s Desk’s “Standing With Our Sisters” campaign celebration, open house, and lovefeast. The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America was proud to provide consulting for that very successful campaign, which was led by some other Amazing Moravian Women at the Unity Women’s Desk.
The Rev. Smit-Seymour was born into a Moravian home, one of 10 children. She attended Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She has served several congregations during her 22-year pastorate. She was appointed president of the PEC last year. We thank Phyllis for saying “yes” to God and amazing ministry. She is a standard-bearer for the church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and to seek the spiritual, educational and social development of all in Christ’s name.