Rev. Dr. David R. Holder

Rev. Dr. David R. Holder

Praxis of Faith

Rev. Dr. David R. Holder

Rev. Dr. David Randolph Holder is a fourth generation pastor, raised in Laurelton Queens, New York. He graduated from Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan where he majored in voice. He was raised in the Presbyterian Church, spent his early adult years in both the Baptist Church and the Church of God In Christ, ordained in the A.M.E. Church and planted an Evangelical Covenant Church.

Dr. Holder is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. Biological Basis of Behavior 1987), UCLA (M.B.A. Entertainment Management 1991), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1995), Harvard University (Th.M. 1996), and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min. 2005). Dr. Holder served as an associate minister at First A.M.E. Church in Pasadena, CA, St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge, MA and as the Assistant Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Bloomfield, CT. While at Bethel he founded Bethel Day Care Center as the Executive Director of Bethel Center for Humane Services.

As part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Holder founded New York Covenant Church (NYCC) in 1998 and has been the Senior Pastor since its inception. Concurrently, Dr. Holder pastored the 100-year old Covenant Church of New Rochelle—that’s pastoring two churches at the same time for six years. In 2004, New York Covenant purchased a 42,000 square foot building on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle as their new location. NYCC has over 20 different ministries. Dr. Holder has been married to his wife Tarshia for 20 years. Tarshia is a Reading Specialist at White Plains Middle School and a graduate of Spelman College and Teachers College, Columbia University. They have two children, Delaney and Jeremiah.

My Writing

My desire for The Praxis of Faith is simple: to help bring the practicality of the Bible to life for your daily walk. The Biblical text can seem quite daunting to many. It is my desire to illuminate the great riches of Scripture and to offer the opportunity for us to live them out.

Articles by Rev. Dr. David R. Holder

“Jesus Peace” Matthew 2

The government was gunning for any child of his same heritage. Kill all the Jewish boys two years old and under. Kill them. Get them off the street. Herod’s policy was based on the fear of a person. It was the fear of a person that came out of a nation of people who was historically able to rise out of their out of their oppression, out of their slavery. But not only did Herod fear a person, he feared a nation. Because without a nation behind that person, they will not be much of a threat to others....

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The Last Shall Be First

“The Last Shall Be First” Matthew 20:1-16 I know most theologians will tell you that this parable that Jesus tells us is about God’s grace—that God offers grace to anyone who comes to Him regardless of when they come to Him. But if you look at it with me from a different viewpoint, you might disagree with most. If we would, together, honor both the biblical text and the historical context much more, then perhaps you and I will see the story quite differently than most. Let me be clear: our goal is not to agree with the mainstream....

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Get Angry

Mark 1:40-45 Four hundred times the word tyrant is used in one of the early English translations of the Bible, the Geneva Bible, translated in 1560. But the King James Version, translated in 1611, doesn’t use the word tyrant once. It had only been 51 years, so we know that language doesn’t change that much that quickly. It is obviously King James who didn’t want anyone to associate him with being a tyrant and therefore question his rule from a biblical position. There are a number of English translations that change the meaning of some key original words just...

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“The Real Meaning of Christmas”

from the sermon series: The Politics of Jesus Isaiah 9:1-7 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice...

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Stay Woke

32  “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33  Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35  “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or...

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