Interim General Presbyter Fred Holbrook retired June 30.
This marks the end of 40 years of ordained service to the Lord and to PC(USA). After receiving a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Holbrook was called to service in Kansas, North Carolina, and Virginia, including 12 years as executive director of Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg. He took on the call of interim presbyter in December 2018.
We are grateful for his faithful leadership to our presbytery during this time of transition. Interim periods provide opportunities for self-reflection, self-examination, and growth and can be challenging.
“Thank you for your willingness to walk this stage of the journey with us and to prepare us for what is ahead,” shared Mary Newbern-Williams, covenant pastor of First United Church. “You have helped us to appreciate how the past has shaped the present and how the present can shape the future.”
Holbrook’s sincerity and empathy served the presbytery well as it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, developed a strategic plan, and discerned God’s will for the way forward.
“We are blessed that he is retiring within the bounds of this presbytery so eventually we’ll get to see him again, I hope,” said Kenna Payne, moderator of the presbytery’s Mission Council, during the June presbytery meeting.
Holbrook will be remembered for his integrity, sensitivity, exceptional knowledge of the Book of Order, willingness to provide a listening ear, and care as pastor to our pastors. His commitment to justice and equity has created opportunities for continued growth and progress.
We know that God will continue to guide and bless his life and wish him a long retirement with his family.