Arthur Holmes new pastor at Roof Garden Christian Church

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Arthur “Art” Holme and his wife Jenna ministered to Roof Garden Christian Church. They started on December 12, replacing Roy Worsham who retired after more than 30 years.

The Roof Garden Christian Church is at 2074 Husband Road, Somerset.

Holme was born and raised in Centralia, Washington, halfway between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. He said that when he was a child, the town was a sister city to Centralia in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, whose population fell from 1,000 in 1980 to five in 2017 as a coal mine fire burns under the borough since 1962.

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From Washington to Idaho

Holme is 52, the youngest of five children, and has been part of the Restoration movement since his baptism in 1987 at the age of 17.

“After a four-year stint in the U.S. Army, I enrolled and attended Puget Sound Christian College for three years, which was part of the restoration movement,” he said in an email. mail. “At that time it was located in Edmonds, Washington. After three years, I changed management, got married, and started a 20-plus year career in law enforcement, which s ended in Nampa, Idaho.”

Holme moved to southern Idaho in 2008 with his now ex-wife and two daughters, Hallie and Kathleen, who live with their mother in Nampa. They divorced in 2012.

“During this period, I have always been active in my local church and have actively pursued the Word of God alone and with other believers. I have felt a growing attraction to the ministry since the fall of 2018,” did he declare. “In 2019, I resumed my Bible studies, online at biblicaltraining.org. On July 4, 2021, I was ordained by the congregation of my home church at the time, Indian Creek Christian Church, in the time ministry purpose.”

The leap from law enforcement to the ministry was not that big, he said.

“There are lost and broken people in both professions,” he said.

full time ministry

From then until the spring of 2020, Holme provided preaching in churches in the southern Idaho and eastern Oregon area.

“Finally I came home one Sunday after preaching and said to God ‘OK. If you want me to do this full time, you have to put the woman in my life that you want me to marry because I can’t do it myself,'” he said. “Less than a week later, I met Jenn. On our second date, I told her my intentions to be a full-time preacher and without hesitation she said ‘OK, let’s go. !'”

Holmes married Jenna on July 4, 2020.

In July 2021, he said he sent out dozens of resumes and followed up with several phone calls to names listed as contacts.

“When you apply for preaching jobs, you take the shotgun approach,” he said. “When you decide to serve in Christ, you must be willing and ready to let God take over and follow where he leads you. My wife and I were born and raised in a rural setting and wanted to return to the lifestyle that gave him is associated.”

He spoke to Gene Kennedy, an elder at the Roof Garden Christian Church.

“I really got the ‘don’t call us, we’ll call you’ vibe and I even joked with my wife imagining us, two farmer kids moving to the east coast. I really didn’t think I would. would hear back , but at the end of August I did. We had just been turned away after visiting what we thought was perfect for us in Iowa. We are so grateful we did because we immediately fell in love with the area and the congregation.”

“We asked Art to do a test sermon in early October, and then we had dinner so the congregation could meet and talk to him,” church elder Ron Wright said. “A number of members of the congregation were able to visit him during the four days that he and his wife stayed after that. Then the following Sunday, three quarters of the members who were present at the service the previous Sunday voted to ‘accept. It was unanimously from the congregation.’

Goals

“My ministry is based on raising awareness for all. Our prayer is that all will come to know of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Holme said.

Roof Garden Church has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. It also offers Bible studies on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Jenna leads the women’s ministry and is the social media coordinator for the church.

“The focus will be on service — interacting with the community and how to best serve our fellow man,” Wright said. “Our hope is that they will focus on building and working with young people. We have an outreach to parishioners and shut-ins who are retired and don’t get out much.”

“I firmly believe that the greatest threat to the American church is a dilution of the Bible which I believe to be the infallible Word of God,” Holme said. “This belief has led to a strong personal stance against liberal interpretations of the Bible. While there is always room for discussion of biblical issues, ultimately the Bible itself is the final authority.

“My goals for ministry are incredibly simple,” he said.

They are:

1) Love everyone God brings into our lives as His Son loves us. 2) Bringing the lost into an intimate relationship with Christ. 3) Free the lost from the lies and chains that Satan creates that hold us back from a relationship between us and God. 4) Throw those selves out into the world to share their faith and the difference Christ has made in their lives to repeat the cycle of love and forgiveness.

“I hope to do this by meeting and building relationships with as many people as possible during our time here, the duration of which we leave to God,” Holme said.

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