Brethren in Christ celebrate the life of Dr. Fred Holland
GRANTHAM, Pa. (OCT 17, 2011)— Dr. Fred Holland, went home to be with Jesus, Sunday morning, October 16, having served in Brethren in Christ ministry for nearly 60 years.
As a pastor, church-planter, missionary, teacher/principal, consultant and coach, Fred has influenced countless ministries, leaders and lives in over 20 countries.
His long-term team ministry with his wife, Dr. Grace Holland, has been recognized and supported by The Billy Graham Association and the National Association of Evangelicals. Fred taught at a number of major evangelical schools in the US – Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, North American Baptist Seminary, Messiah College, Columbia Bible College and more – being a world expert in a subject (TEE training) he once described as “4 millimeters high [that] allows people to get everything I know in two weeks!” Fred hungered to see revival. He read about revivals and at one time shared an office at Fuller with J. Edwin Orr who wrote over thirty books about revival. His prayer has been for God to bring revival again – to do something fresh in these days when miracles are needed in missions.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a non-Christian home, Fred was raised by his grandparents. He was converted from a life of sin at age 22 and was led to Messiah College. After his graduation from Messiah, he earned a Masters in Christian Education from Eastern Baptist and his Masters and Doctorate in Missiology from Fuller School of World Mission, where he team taught with Dr. Ralph Winter, who created the “Perspectives” course.
Fred pastored in Pennsylvania and served at the Detroit God's Love Mission. Then together Fred and Grace spent 23 years with Brethren in Christ World Missions in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Fred served as an outschool superintendent, a teacher/principal of two BIC Bible Institutes, a trainer of urban church planters, and as a Theological Education by Extension (TEE) consultant to the Association of Evangelicals of Africa. TEE started out as a revolution in training and helped thousands of local pastors with practical training. Fred also headed up the TEXT-Africa book project of forty-three texts. During the more than fifty years that Fred has served BIC missions, he helped to start Phumula Mission in Zimbabwe that had contact with bushmen, helped to start a Bible school in Zambia, designed an urban church planting scheme that impacted the way BIC churches overseas multiplied. While serving as representatives-at-large for the Board for World Missions, Fred and Grace visited most of our countries of mission work.
In 2007, the Association of Anabaptist Missiologists recognized Fred and Grace for their contribution to missions thinking and practice over the past 50 years with special appreciation for their “compassion and commitment for the lost to be saved and for the development of pastors and church leaders who facilitated church growth.”
Fred is survived by his wife, Grace; his older brother, Charlie, who led him to Christ; four sons, Phil, Steve, Mark and Mike and their wives; and ten grandchildren.
Memorial Service at Grantham Church, Grantham, Pennsylvania, October 22, 11:00 a.m.
An Open Visitation time with the family will precede the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is inviting donations in honor of Fred to be made to Brethren In Christ World Missions.