HARKER HEIGHTS — The smell of Jamaican jerk chicken and Puerto Rican lechon lingered in the air as festival-goers jammed out to live music at Carl Levin Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship Church in Killeen held its second annual Caribbean Festival to bring the diverse population of the Fort Hood area together.

“We have parishioners from Malaysia, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Jamaica and Puerto Rico,” said Pastor James Rosario. “We try to present the Gospel in a way that people can relate to, which is why we put on events like this one.”

The church, which is affiliated with 2,000 churches worldwide, brought in special guest Pastor Patrick Jordan, all the way from Kingston, Jamaica, to give a sermon today.

“This is my first time in Texas and I can identify with the sunshine,” he said Saturday. “It’s not Jamaica, but it’s beautiful in its own way.”

Jordan arrived Thursday and has been sightseeing during his time in the area before he leaves for a Bible conference in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday.

M-16 from San Antonio was among the many groups that performed and got attendees such as Brenda Jones up and dancing.

“I love music and the outdoors, so this is wonderful,” Jones said.

“I just moved to this area from Austin and we always have live music events going on all the time. I would like to see more events like this come to this area.”

Jeremy Nickerson, one of the members of M-16, grew up in this area.

“I am as white as they come, but I grew up here and learned Spanish from all the old Dominican and Puerto Rican Army guys,” Nickerson said about why his group came to Heights to perform. “Ironically, I joined the Navy as a Spanish linguist and now I’m stationed at Lackland Air Force Base and I attend the sister church, The Door Christian Church, in San Antonio.”

Festival revelers enjoyed an afternoon of live music, bounce houses, carnival-style games as well as getting to sample Caribbean flavors.

For more information on the church, go to pottershousekilleen.com.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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