The Rev. John C. Holbert will be the preacher for the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service in the Amphitheater. He will share his faith journey at the Vesper service at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Hall of Philosophy.
Holbert is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979. He was born in Indiana, raised in Arizona and educated in Iowa and Texas, receiving a doctorate in Old Testament in 1975. He has been a local church pastor in Louisiana and professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. Holbert is married to Diana, an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church who serves as senior pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Dallas, they have two children: a son, Darius, and a daughter, Sarah.
Holbert has extensive vocal solo experience, having sung in musicals, opera and oratorio. Darius has sung with the Texas Boys Choir and is now a studio musician in Los Angeles, writing for film and TV. He and Holbert have written an opera, based on the book of Job, titled Job’s Truth. Sarah lives in Los Angeles where has worked for The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation for five years. She now works for the ABC Family channel.
Holbert has authored eight books and many articles in scholarly and church journals, and he was the editor for the Psalms and Canticles material of the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. He also has served as interim senior minister of two large United Methodist churches, First UMC in Fort Worth in the fall of 1994 and First UMC in Dallas in the spring of 1997. In 2007, he was named an Altshuler Distinguished Professor at Southern Methodist University, an award given to four all-university professors each year.