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Celebrating good men

Real Men Ministries International to honor 45 men for their contributions to the country’s growth and development
  • Craig Walkine, one of the men being honored for Business in the 40th Anniversary National Men’s Awards hosted by Real Men International.

Guardian Lifestyles Editor

Published: Sep 12, 2013

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At a time when the headlines are consumed with many tragic examples of the repeat failures of many men, especially young men, the leadership at Real Men Ministries International Bahamas believe there is a need to celebrate the good that men are doing in the country and that there is a need to tell their story. With that in mind, the executive board of Real Men Ministries International Bahamas decided to honor 45 Bahamian men for their contributions towards the growth and development of the country.

The men who represent a diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences, including involvement in business, sports, the church, politics, the arts, medicine, education, the military and national development, will be honored on Sunday, September 15 at Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center at 7 p.m. as Real Men Ministries International host the 40th Anniversary National Men’s Awards.

According to executive board members of Real Men Ministries International, based on the number of negative reports that steal national headlines, people may be led to believe that Bahamian men are doing more harm than good. And they say that this is simply not the whole truth.

They say the reality is that a lot of men have forsaken their responsibilities in many areas, but for every man who walks out on his family, there are many more men who are embracing and celebrating the gift of marriage and family. And for every young man who turns to a life of violence and crime, there are hundreds more who are instead using their talents in more meaningful and positive ways.

Harris said there has been and continues to be a healthy flow of good that emanates from a cross section of Bahamian men throughout the length and breadth of the country, but many of their accomplishments and meaningful contributions go largely unreported and mostly uncelebrated.

The men to be honored include Alfred Forbes, Andy Knowles, Atario Mitchell, Austin Knowles Sr. (Eleuthera), Bishop Walter Hanchell, Bradley Cooper, Captain Tellis Bethel, Carlos Reid, Charles Carter, Chester Cooper, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, Craig Walkine, Derek Adams, Dr. George Sherman, Dr. Hervis Bain, Dr. Judson Eneas, Dr. Myles Munroe, Dr. Ranford Patterson, Edison Sumner, Gregg Cash, Jamaal Rolle, Jeff Rodgers, Kevan McKenzie, Kevin ‘KJ’ Johnson, Kevin ‘Minister K’ Harris, Leroy Samuels, Major Lester Ferguson, Pastor Dave Burrows, Pastor Mario Moxey, Pastor Silbert Mills (Abaco), Reverend Theophilus Neely (Andros), Rev. Alfred Stewart, Rev. Anthony Grant (Grand Bahama), Rev. Gary Curry, Rev. Sammy Rolle, Simeon Outten (Grand Bahama), Dr. Kendal Major and Winston Penn.

Dr. Mark Anthony Bethel, Franklyn Augustus Butler Sr., Roy Davis and Thomas Augustus Robinson will be recognized posthumously.

According to the executives at Real Men Ministries International, the men to be honored are not perfect, but are professionals in their respective disciplines and their lives bear the scars to prove their involvement in the fight for success.

In addition to the presentation of awards, during the evening there will also be a variety of music performances from local recording artists, including Terrance Forbes, DJ Counselor, Tracy Tracy, Manifest, Men of Standard and young soloist Carrington McKenzie, whose father, the late gospel music legend Kevan McKenzie, is also being honored.

There will also be an address to the honorees and people in attendance by Senior Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Dr. Myles Munroe, who is also being honored.


The men to be

honored, by category



Atario J. Mitchell

Chester Cooper

Craig Walkine

Edison Sumner

Winston Pinnock (Grand Bahama)



Dr. George Sherman



Captain Tellis A. Bethel

Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade



Bishop Walter Hanchell

Dr. Myles Munroe

Dr. Ranford Patterson

Leroy Samuels

Major Lester Ferguson

Pastor Mario Moxey

Pastor Silbert Mills (Abaco)

Rev. Theophilus Neely (Andros)

Rev. Alfred Stewart

Rev. Dr. Anthony Grant (Grand Bahama)

Rev. Gary Curry



Kevan McKenzie

Kevin ‘Minister K’ Harris

National Development

Charles Carter

Dr. Hervis Bain

Jamaal Rolle



Dr. Kendal Major

Dr. George Sherman

Zhivargo Laing

(Grand Bahama)



Alfred Forbes

Andy Knowles

Austin Knowles Sr. (Eleuthera)

Bradley Cooper

Gregg Cash

Jeff Rodgers

Kevin ‘KJ’ Johnson


Youth Development

Carlos Reid

Derek Adams

Dr. Judson Eneas

Pastor Dave Burrows

Rev. Sammy Rolle

Winston Penn


­Posthumous honors

Dr. Mark Anthony Bethel

Franklyn Augustus Butler Sr.

Roy Davis

Thomas Augustus Robertson


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