Sunday, February 18, 2018

Rev Abdul-Mohan to bring something fresh to the Senate


FRESH: Newly appointed Independent Senator Rev Joy Abdul-Mohan during yesterday’s sitting of Senate. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

ALREADY a prison chaplain, college principal, wife, and charity organisation vice-chairman, Reverend Joy Abdul-Mohan can now add to her list, Independent Senator. 

Abdul-Mohan, 49, was on Monday named  by President Anthony Carmona as the country’s latest Independent Senator, replacing Subhas Ramkhelawan who resigned last week.

On her appointment Mohan had told the Express that she is hoping to “bring something different and fresh that will shape legislation by way of morals and ethics”, being a woman and member of the clergy. 

Abdul-Mohan, 49, said the position is “not about power, but prudent leadership”. 

Abdul-Mohan was born December 1, 1965, in Lothians Road, Princes Town. 

She was a Presbyterian from birth, Aphzal S Ackbarali, general secretary of Presbyterian Synod said yesterday. 

She attended the Princes Town Junior and Secondary schools. 

She quickly began to pursue her calling as she joined the St Andrew’s Theological College, where in 1987, she became the first local woman to graduate from the programme and receive her Licentiate in Theology (LTh). 

Two years later she was ordained as a Minister of Words and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago. She furthered her studies in theology at Princeton, and in 1993 she received her Masters of Arts Degrees (MA) from Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.  

For the next 25 years she devoted her service in various pastoral regions across the country, having been posted in Chaguanas, La Romaine/Debe, the Susamachar Pastoral Regions, and currently in South Oropouche.  

During that time she was also elevated to Principal of the St Andrew’s Theological College. 

Abdul-Mohan is also a prison chaplain, and is currently the chaplain of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s South Campus, at Corinth, Ste Madeleine. 

She is also vice-chairman of the charity organisation Rapid Fire. 

Abdul-Mohan is married to Darryl Mohan, a project manager of a company in Point Lisas. The couple have no children.