Director of Missions, Mendo Lake Baptist Association
This week we venture over to the Mendo Lake Baptist Association to introduce you to Gregory Holmes who serves as the Director of Missions. He also fulfills the role as pastor at Crucified Life Ministries, and is a husband, grandfather, and great grandfather! Throughout his career and studies, he has gained valuable knowledge and skill in the areas of construction and short-form video, both of which are tools he has utilized and applied to his life in ministry. When asked about hobbies, his response speaks volumes of his heart and devotion to the Lord – “ministry 24/7!
1. What book are you currently reading?
The Bible. I’ve been a voracious reader for a long time. Over the years, I’ve shied away from both fiction and non-fiction. I read the Bible so much and so often that now I enjoy comparing it to what I read and hear on the news. Nothing in the news shocks me much any more…
2. Pepsi or coke?
Neither. I’ll take black coffee.
3. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?
I’ve already visited this place but wouldn’t mind going back again. Moldova. My ancestors (grandparents) emigrated from there in 1882. If they had not come, I would certainly not live here, nor would my kids or grandchildren. Moldova is historically one of the poorest countries in eastern Europe. A little fun fact, my grandson is married to a pastor’s daughter from Moldova. In 2015, I was asked to go on a mission trip because of my construction experience and I brought my grandson with me. To make a long story short, because of that trip, my grandson met his wife.
4. Tell us something that nobody knows about you.
Good grief… well depending on who does and doesn’t read this, I’ll share two. The first, I’ve owned 23 motorcycles and I’ve wrecked all of them. I think that makes me a good mechanic and a poor rider? Haha. The second fun fact would be that I live under a Nazarite vow (the reason for my long hair).
5. What has been an evangelistic tactic that has worked best for you?
Building relationships. I’ve looked at just about all the evangelistic tactics and Bill Faye’s curriculum, Share Jesus Without Fear has been the best evangelism program I’ve seen. Even if you think you don’t have the words, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to use in any situation, to say all the things that you need to say. The only thing that can’t be used is your silence.
6. Do you have a favorite leadership/personality type assessment? (Ex: Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, etc....) If so, what do the results tell us about you?
I’ve enjoyed the StrengthsFinder assessment. I found that it is quite valuable for my own introspection. One of my top strengths is connectedness. I find that really rings true and is a pretty good fit for someone that does what I do.
7. When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now and why?
Redeemer – There were a lot of years the locusts ate up all the grain in my life and the Lord restored all of that.