A veteran police sergeant attached to the Antigua & Barbuda Fire Services has added a Doctor of Theology degree to his accomplishments, thereby becoming the first member of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda to attain this.
Reverend Dr Charles Jack said he graduated from the Oval Bible College in Lake Charles, Louisiana on April 1, with a 4.0 grade point average, and that he’s also pursuing studies leading to a doctorate in psychology and an additional one in theology.
The founder and pastor of the Christian Faith Tabernacle in Golden Grove later told The Daily OBSERVER he has presented his transcript and new designation to Commissioner of Police Thomas Bennett.
“He (Commissioner Bennett) will place the transcript on my personal file for future reference. It’s really history because I am the first person to have attained that doctorate,” Dr Jack said.
“There are several police officers who are pastors, and some of them with whom I’ve studied. We did a Diploma in Theology at the Nazarene Theological College in Trinidad, but I’ve gone on to do my associates, my bachelors, my masters, and now my doctorate,” he said.
When asked if he will be leaving the force to go fully into pastoring, Dr Jack said: “I was called (by God) before I was even a fireman, and I think God specifically placed me there so I could be of help to those officers who are going through stress and disturbed moments. Because of my training in behavioural science, psychology, philosophy and sociology, I have been able to help them.
“It all depends upon God, because as I said, I believe He has specifically placed me there, because I could have gone already. But I’m still there after 23 years – almost a quarter century – so I cannot say what tomorrow may bring; it all depends on where God wants to position me.
“It’s really a great accomplishment,” Dr Jack added. “I am ready to help in any area of the force in terms of leadership. Wherever I’m being deployed, I’m ready to give my full support.”
Meanwhile, Commissioner Bennett offered congratulations to the officer on behalf of the force.
“I commend Reverend Jack with regard to his accomplishments,” the commissioner said. “Since the programme (of study) was over the past two years, it certainly meant that a lot of dedicated time and effort was spent in order for him to attain his doctorate in theology. We can all be that much more assisted by him with regards to his work in theology.”
Bennett said the force engages in regular sessions where members get together to ask God’s guidance, and Dr Jack is one of those who assist by offering prayers for support and for guiding the work with the public.
“So it’s definitely a big accomplishment for him and the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda. We look forward to working with him and utilising some of his skills,” the commissioner said.
Bennett added that he was not aware that any other member of the force had received a doctorate in theology before.
Dr Jack is married and the father of two daughters and a son. In addition to his continuing studies, he is in the process of writing a book on conflicts in marriages.