Pastor Bobby Gene Holmes has been an active participant in the church since he was eleven years old, and became a member of St. James Disciple Church in Fremont, North Carolina.
After graduating from Norwayne High School, he moved to Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, he fellowshiped with Evangel Temple where he received Christ as his personal Savior. After meeting Bishop Robert Patton and his wife, Evangelist Lena Patton, he was invited to Deliverance Church of Christ. He enjoyed the spirit of the Lord, so he decided to make Deliverance his church home. Since that time, he has been faithful and dedicated to the Lord.
In addition to his ministry work, Pastor Holmes completed six years of apprenticeship at the Government Printing Office. He retired from the Government Printing Office on April 30, 1997.
Since entering the ministry, he has completed three years of biblical studies at the Evangelical Training Association. He also has received the Standard & Foundation church ministry certificate. Because God has been generous in the giving of spiritual gifts, Pastor Holmes has served as Sunday School teacher, superintendent, deacon, trustee, Chairman of the Trustee Board, Assistant Pastor and Pastor. His Christian experiences and daily walk with Christ have led him to participate in a variety of mission work, including street ministry (many years) and prison ministry (eighteen years). He also conducted services at the Prince George's Convalescent Home for twenty five years.
On July 1, 1979, he gave his confirmation sermon entitled "It's Going to Take Faith and Courage to Possess the Promises of God," and embarked upon a journey of further service unto God.
On December 4, 1993, Pastor Holmes was installed as Pastor of Deliverance Church of Christ in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. Almost ten years later, on Saturday, November 22, 2003, he was consecrated to the Office of Bishop.
On July 10, 2006, Bishop Holmes received a "Caring For People God's Way Certificate," from the American Association of Christian Counselors, located in Forest Virginia. On September 2, 2006, he received the James H. Carney Leadership Award for his commendable godly lifestyle and outstanding accomplishments in leadership, from Norwayne Alumni and Friends, Incorporated, Fremont, North Carolina.
In 2009 he began pursuing an Associates Degree in Theology at Word of Faith Christian College located in Riverdale, Maryland and continues to further his Christian education.
Bishop Holmes is married and resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Dorothy. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Derrick and Stephanie and a son-in-law, Lenwood Turner. They are also proud grandparents.