CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP WORLD OUTREACH (INCORPORATION AND VESTING)

[Date of Commencement: 27th April, 1995]

Act 19 of 1995.

1. This Act may be cited as the Christian Fellowship World Outreach (Incorporating and Vesting) Act.

2. In this Act except where the context otherwise requires-

   (i)   the terms "Corporation" and "Church" shall mean the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach;

   (ii)   the term "Parent Body" shall mean the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach.

3. (i) The following persons, that is to say:-

   Rev. James Augustus Douglas, President

   Deacon Granville Benjamin, Secretary

   Rev. Marcus Douglas, Treasurer

and their successors for the time being holding the several offices of President, Secretary and Treasurer are hereby declared constituted and appointed a Corporation or Body Corporate to have continuance forever and perpetual succession by the name of the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach and possessed of a Corporate seal and by that name may sue and be sued in all Courts in this Island.

      (ii)   No act or proceeding of the Corporation shall be invalidated by reason of any vacancy of the Body or in any of the offices mentioned in subsection (i) of this section or by any defect in the appointment of any such person to any such office.

      (iii)   The seal of the Corporation shall be of such design and pattern as the Corporation may from time to time determine.

      (iv)   Upon the recording in the Island Record Office or lodging in the Office of Titles of a Certificate under seal of the Corporation of the Appointment of any person to any office mentioned in subsection (i) of this section the persons named in such Certificate shall be deemed to be holders of the offices named therein until the recording or lodging of a Certificate of the appointment of another person to such office.

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      (v)      No deed or document purported to be executed by the Corporation shall be of any force or validity unless it be sealed with the Corporation Seal and signed by not less than three (3) members of the Corporation among whom shall be the President and Secretary of the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach.

      (vi)   In all matters or things within the province or discretion or subject to the decision, control or management of the Corporation the determination of a majority of the members thereof in case unanimity cannot be obtained shall be deemed and taken to be the determination of the said Corporation provided such majority includes the person for the time being holding the office of or acting as President of the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach.

      (vii)   In the case of any other Church or Congregation desiring to unite with the Corporation and to adopt its tenets, doctrines and forms of worship and to submit to its jurisdiction, the Corporation may accept the transfer of the property of such Church to be held subject to the trusts affecting the property vested in the Corporation, and such transfer shall be made by the Trustee of such property under the resolution of such Church or Congregation by the like majorities and in like manner as would authorise a sale of the same lands, or otherwise duly passed in accordance with the rules or practices of such Church or Congregation.

4.   (i)   All real property in Jamaica mentioned and referred to in the Schedule of this Act now held by or vested in the several grantees mentioned in the said Schedule as Trustees expressed or implied for the benefit of the Parent Body or for the benefit of the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach or for the benefit of the several local Congregations or Churches of which it is comprised, together with any other property Real or Personal which is now legally or equitably the property of the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach or of the several local Congregations or Churches of which it is comprised, are hereby transferred to and vested in the Corporation for the same estate and interest and to the same extent to which the same were respectively held by or vested in the said grantees hereinbefore named at the time of the passing of this Act subject to all trusts, mortgages, charges (if any) affecting the same or any part thereof.

      (ii)   All property real and personal in the Island of Jamaica bequeathed by Will or otherwise given to the Christian Fellowship-World Outreach shall be held by, and is hereby vested in and shall be deemed to be the property of the said Corporation.

      (iii)   In case there shall be any real or personal property held on similar trusts to those mentioned in the Schedule to this Act such property shall be deemed to be vested in the Corporation as from the coming into effect of this Act upon the same trusts as those referred to in subsection (i) of this section as provided that no such vesting shall take place until-

   (a)   the Attorney General shall certify that he is satisfied that the said property is held in similar trusts as aforesaid; and

   (b)   the majority of members of the Church or Congregation affected shall by resolution signify their consent thereto.

5. The Corporation shall have the following powers:-

   (a)   to acquire, hold, purchase, receive, lease, possess and enjoy any lands or hereditament whatsoever in fee simple, or leasehold or any other estate or interest therein and all other property real, personal, or mixed;

   (b)   to give, grant, let, charge, improve, develop, exchange, lease, mortgage, sell, convey, assign, dispose of, turn to account, or otherwise deal with all or any of the property both present and future so held or vested or any part thereof;

   (c)   to borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in such manner as may be thought fit, and in particular by issues of debenture or script charged upon all or any of the property (both present and future) held by or vested in the Corporation and to redeem and pay off such securities;

   (d)   to appoint such person or persons as the Attorney or Attorneys of the Corporation either generally or for a limited period and for such purposes and with such powers as may be stated in the Power of Attorney and to revoke any such appointment;

   (e)   to make such rules and by-laws as they shall think fit in order to carry out the purpose of this Act.

6. Nothing in this Act shall prejudice or affect the rights of Her Majesty the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, the Government of Jamaica or of any body politic or corporate or of any other person except such as are mentioned in this Act and those claiming by, from, through or under them.

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