He’s Pastor Emeritus at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, a 6,000-member congregation in Dallas, where he served for 28 years. He was also Adjunct Professor of preaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for 24 years.
The Rev. Dr. Holmes, Jr. has authored several books, including Reaching for Renewal and When Trouble Comes, and has written chapters in Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. He’s also widely known for his role as narrator and host of the “Disciple I Bible Study” video series.
A leader in community activism, the Rev. Dr. Holmes, Jr. has spent time on multiple governing bodies, including his election to the Texas House of Representatives (1968-1972) and his 1971 appointment as chairperson of the Tri-Ethnic Committee, which oversaw the implementation of desegregation in the Dallas Independent School District.
In 1991, Governor Ann Richards appointed him to be the first African American to serve on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, a position he held until 1997.
In 2001, the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Selma, Ala. recognized him as one of the Civil Rights Movement’s “Invisible Giants.”
The Rev. Dr. Holmes, Jr. is the founding President of the Dallas African American Pastors Coalition. Under his leadership, the coalition was the primary developer of Unity Estates, which is a community of 300 affordable homes and a national model for a major inter-denominational economic initiative.
He’s a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin and has two graduate degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He has honorary degrees from Huston-Tillotson University, Dillard University and Rust College. In 2014, Southern Methodist University honored him as a Centennial History Maker during its Distinguished Alumni Award dinner.
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