Reverend Jean A. F. Holmes will begin serving as temporary pastor of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church on May 15, 2014. A graduate of Millikin University in Illinois and Drew Theological School, Jean received her Master of Divinity degree in 1987. She was sponsored for ministry by the Session of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church throughout her candidacy and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1987.
Reverend Holmes has served the church as Christian educator, associate pastor, solo pastor and temporary pastor, and she also served the denomination as temporary associate executive presbyter. She has been trained in traditional interim ministry as well as appreciative inquiry. She finds the appreciative inquiry approach to ministry and life to be more faithful and effective than any other. At present, Jean is training to become a spiritual director, companioning people and groups as they seek to deepen their our relationship with God in a contemplative and deliberate fashion.
Married for 42 years, Jean lives in Oakland, New Jersey with her husband, Stewart, who is a director of music at the Old Paramus Reformed Church of America in Ridgewood, New Jersey and a fifth grade teacher in Ridgewood. Together they have two adult children: Dana, who practices acupuncture at North Jersey Community Acupuncture, a business she owns; and Russell, who is an administrative lab coordinator in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Russell is married to Lori Armstrong Holmes, who is a paralegal for DLA Piper law firm in Manhattan. They have one child, Russell George Holmes, born in August of 2012. He is all boy and pure joy for the Holmes family.
Jean is a knitter and an avid reader, and loves to watch all kinds of movies. Her all-time favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. Her favorite food is chocolate. She looks forward with great anticipation to getting to know the people of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, to reacquainting herself with those who were so important to her during her candidacy, and to being with the congregation as we continue to grow together in faith and service.