All Saints Welcomes the Rev. Dr. Anthony Holder as our new Rector
The Vestry of All Saints’ Episcopal Church is thrilled to announce that the Rev. Dr. Anthony B. Holder has answered its call to be our next Rector. Father Tony will begin his ministry at All Saints’ on January 1st, 2020, with his installation service scheduled for Sunday, January 12th.
Father Tony was ordained as a priest in Barbados in 1994, and recently celebrated his 25th anniversary in the priesthood. He graduated from the University of the West Indies, Codrington College Theological Seminary, and Trinity School for Ministry where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009. He has served as Rector at Holy Trinity and St. Cyprian’s in Barbados, St. Michael’s in O’Fallon, Illinois, and at Holy Sacrament in Pembroke Pines, Florida since 2011.
In the three dioceses in which he has served, Dr. Holder has led retreats and seminars and served as the keynote speaker at prayer breakfasts and other events. In the Diocese of Southeast Florida, he has served as a member of the Social Justice Commission, and of the Bishop Search Committee, which facilitated the election of Bishop Peter Eaton. Most recently, Father Tony served as the President of the Diocesan Standing Committee for the past year.
Father Tony loves preaching and teaching, enabling people to grow in faith, working with youth and children’s ministries, and engaging in mission and outreach work. During their time with him, both the Search Committee and the Vestry were taken by Father Tony’s joyous, infectious personality, his deep spirituality and devotion to pastoral care, and his long history of growth and commitment to outreach wherever he has served.
Father Tony is highly regarded by his colleagues in ministry and has received many honors throughout his career. He was named one of the Eight Most Influential Barbadians in Florida in 2014. In 2015, he received the Clergy Award from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA and the United Nations Foundation. In 2016, he was honored by Friends Supporting the Anglican Diocese of Belize, Inc. in New York for his commitment and leadership in community service, particularly to mission work in Belize.
“It is truly a joy and blessing to be called as the next Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. I am excited about working and sharing in mutual ministry with the members of All Saints’, serving with them and the local Treasure Coast community,” Dr. Holder said. “I am looking forward to meeting and reaching out to people, while at the same time exploring the shoreline, and being immersed in the charm, culture, and beauty, of a small-town community.”
Father Tony and his wife, Judith, have two children; a son Tadhg (pronounced Taig), 16, and a daughter Aleksi, 12. He enjoys art, reading, tennis, traveling, walking and spending time with family and friends.
“We are truly blessed to have had the opportunity to call such a loving, gifted and experienced priest to All Saints’ as our next Rector,” said Senior Warden Joyce Fletcher Menard. “This man of faith will help us grow spiritually as a church family and as individuals. Our parish will grow in many ways that only God knows, and we can’t wait to see what is to come. Please join me in welcoming Father Tony and his family to our parish community.”