Pastor, Teacher, Elder
Providence Bible Church (PBC) welcomed Howie Holmes as pastor in February 2009. Howie has over twenty-five years of experience in Christian ministry, with strengths in expository preaching of the Word of God, in shepherding of believers in the local church, in connecting with community leaders in the greater Culpeper area, and in relationship building with people of all age groups. Howie is just the right person to be spiritually leading this body of believers.
After becoming a Christian at a Word of Life basketball marathon during his senior year in high school, Howie attended Lancaster Bible College (LBC) in Pennsylvania and graduated in May 1985. During his college days, he met Debbie, and they were married in January 1984. His first job out of college was with LBC, leading their Forerunner Camp Team ministry in the northeastern United States. It was during his years at LBC that God gave Howie a passion for short-term mission work while performing a summer mission trip in Guam and Micronesia.
In 1988 Howie became a teacher of Bible and advanced science courses at Fredericksburg Christian School (FCS) in Virginia. While teachers at FCS, Howie and Debbie led several student mission trips to Guatemala. During the 1990s Howie ministered at the Korean Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. He became the associate pastor of Stevensburg Baptist Church (SBC) in Stevensburg, Virginia in 1999. While there, he participated in mission trips to Romania, Hungary, Guatemala, and Haiti with SBC mission teams. With a special interest in the ministry of Double Harvest in Haiti, Howie has taken many student mission trips there.
Howie and Debbie have three children – Emily (Ryan) Jackson, Abby, and Nathaniel; and two grandchildren – Sean and Azaria Jackson. Debbie actively serves at PBC in the music ministry and in the children’s ministry, using her teaching degree from LBC and years of experience teaching the third and fourth graders at Fredericksburg Christian School and substitute teaching in the Culpeper, Virginia school system.