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Biography

Rev. Dr. Colin Archer’s ministerial and professional career as a Bahamian Methodist Minister and psychotheologian has been shaped primarily by his work in many churches in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Caribbean and The United States, and his longtime engagement as a psychotherapist and specialist, mainly in alcoholism treatment, research and rehabilitation. He is the founding president of The Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church [1993]. These experiences were earlier bolstered by his tertiary education at The United Theological College of The West Indies & University of The West Indies in Jamaica, issuing in a diploma in ministry and Licentiate in Theology degree. They were further strengthened by postgraduate studies at Eden Theological Seminary and St. Louis State Hospital [Clinical Pastoral Education], culminating in supervision at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in Nassau, under the trained eye of the father of Bahamian psychiatry, Dr. Henry Podlewski, which resulted in accreditation of a professional Doctorate [Doctor of Ministry], with emphasis in systematic theology, pastoral care and ethics. For several years he lectured graduate students in Christianity & Culture, at Princeton Theological Seminary summer program, in New Jersey.

He is the author of six books, ranging in subject from Poverty, to Contemplative-Spirituality, and Bahamian alcoholism and other drug abuse, and is in the process of publishing his personal, devotional and vocational memoir, Wrap Up. He is the producer of a continuous twenty-four year multi-topic radio format, Investing In Being Human.

The Early Years

Dr. Archer's Early Councelling Experience

Mid 1970's

Councelling

For approximately twelve years, commencing the mid 1970’s served In sector ministry at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, primarily in the Alcoholic Unit as
a group counsellor and psychotheologian, in tandem with Dr’s. Brian Humblestone and Timothy McCartney. 

Early 1980's

PMH Ethics Committee

Beginning in the early 1980’s co-served with Dr Glen Beneby and Dr John Lunn establishing PMH’s Ethics Committee with special focus re: dialysis patients
receiving and awaiting treatment. 

Memberships & Affiliations

Founding President of The Bahamas Council on Alcoholism [BCA].

Founding Director, Methodist Community & Church Ministries [MCCM]; establishing the first shelter for at-risk abused women. 

Member, Prison Reform and Adolescent Youth Panel Advisory Boards.

A Founding director, The Bahamas National Drug Council [BNDC].

Member, Rotary International.

Founder, The Howard Thurman Pilgrims.
Vice-President, The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

Founder/CEO: Not-for-profit Centre For Counselling & Human Development [CHD] - affliated with Dr’s Earle Farrington and Cecil Bethel’s joint medical practice.

Board member, Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative [BBCI].

A Founding director, Hands For Hunger Bahamas [H4H].

Member, Antiquities, Monuments & Museum Corporation [AMMC].

Member, PHA/UWI Research Ethics Committee [since inception].

Member, The Ethics Committee, Bahamas Ministry of Health.

Member, National Stem Cell Ethics Committee [NSCEC,since inception, 2014/15].

Recipient: Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Award for contributions to the people of the Bahamas, and Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris award for Humanitarianism.

Kevin Archer

Colin and Marjorie Archer's Son...Kevin Archer 
"The Golden Boy of Bahamian Special Olympics World"

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