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David Holmes began preaching in November 1977 at the age of 15. He has served as youth minister for the Imperial Church of Christ, 1979-81; associate minister for the Westchester Church of Christ, 1989-93; minister of the Westchester Church of Christ from 1997-2007; and minister of the Watts Willowbrook Church of Christ, 2013-2017. He counts himself blessed to claim several men as his mentors in the gospel including: the late Frank Devereaux, the late R.N. Hogan, the late Carroll Pitts, Rudolph Johnson, the late Dr. Calvin Bowers and Dr. Billy Curl.  As an undergraduate at Oklahoma Christian University, he studied under renowned church leaders and professors: the late Dr. Raymond C. Kelcy, the late Avon Malone and Dr. Stafford North. In his senior year, David received the” Hugo McCord Preaching Award” (1986). He has received numerous other awards including: “The Carroll Award” for outstanding community service (Normandie Christian School 199); “Howard A. White Award” for outstanding teaching (Pepperdine 2012); “Los Angeles Bible College” for outstanding Christian service (2016); and for “38 years of preaching” (Pepperdine 2015).

David is also an educator. He taught at the middle and high school levels from 1986-1993. He has also taught sermon preparation courses at Los Angeles Bible College.  Since 1993, he has been a professor at Pepperdine University, the first African American to receive tenure (2003) and the rank of Full Professor (2008) in the Humanities Division.  He held a visiting appointment at Arizona State University for spring 2008 and, for the spring 2013, was the Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas. David holds a B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University, a M.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a M.A. and PhD from the University of Southern California. Dr. Holmes’s research focuses on African American Studies, cultural criticism, political rhetoric and religious rhetoric.

He is the author of two books, Where the Sacred and Secular Harmonize and Revisiting Racialized Voice.

Veronica Holmes has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2011. She holds a B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills and M.A. from Pepperdine University. With experience in public and private mental health services, Sister. Holmes also possesses a number of certifications including: Clinical Supervisor, Problem Solving Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Grief Recovery Specialist. She has been an active member of the Church of Christ since 1979.

David and Veronica have been for 30 years. They have two sons, Jonathan (27) and Gregory (26).