The founder and president of the Shouters National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith (NESBF) Canada has penned a book that recounts her passage from a small Jamaican village to Canada and the formation of a religious group.
A Quest that Ignites the Heart: A Personal Journey tells the story of Dr. Delores Seiveright’s childhood growing up as one of 11 children in Trelawny, her arrival in Toronto in April 1969 to join an older sister and her cavalier lifestyle prior to embracing a spiritual path and becoming an archbishop.
“Although I had a rich life as a child, this book will give you the knowledge of how I arrived from childhood to be a spiritual archbishop as a woman whose dreams were not focused on the ministry,” she said. “My life took a turn along a journey I did not expect. In spite of the barriers and challenges, I have overcome. And it shows that anyone who is able and willing will excel in anything he or she puts their mind to.”
Growing up in a spiritual family, Seiveright was a member of the Anglican Church and the Church of God before embracing the Spiritual Baptist Faith.
“My devotion and message is from the heart,” said Seiveright who became a licensed Minister in the province in 1984. “I wear my robes and head wraps with pride and when I dance, I do so with God’s power and greatness.”
Ordained since 1978, Seiveright is also actively involved in the community.
Through the church, she started a federally-funded entrepreneur skill development initiative aimed at young people between the ages of 17 and 24. The program is designed for the less-advantaged already committed to creating their own businesses.
The holder of a diploma in Business Administration from Ryerson University and a doctorate in Theology from St. Andrew’s Theological College & Seminary, Seiveright was recognized by the Jamaican government last year with the Badge of Honour for Long Service in Religion.
The book will be officially launched on April 17 at 83 Borough Dr. in Scarborough, starting at 6.30 p.m.
The softcover costs $15 while the price of the hardcover is $25.
For more information, call 416-686-1433.
By RON FANFAIR