Redeemers House of Worship is blessed to have Pastors who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our Pastors and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Ralph Holmes
Pastor Ralph Holmes Sr. is a native of Houston. A devoted husband and father, Pastor Ralph has been married to his high school sweetheart Pastor Sharon (Shay) Holmes for over 41 years. He is the proud father to Ralph Jr., Tyrell, and Jarius; and the grandfather to Tevion, Haley, Bryson, Imani, Morgan and Olivia.
Pastors Ralph felt the call of God to move on the other side of “YES”. Through his obedience he along with his wife co-founded Redeemers House of Worship, “The House”, in Belleville, IL in May 2013 where he serves as the Senior Pastor.
As a Visionary and Leader, Pastor Ralph is intentional about ministry especially in the community where “The House” is planted. He knows the importance of not forgetting those, the most venerable among us. Pastor Ralph exercises policy of community by leading the ministry in multiple outreach activities in the community. As a result of understanding the widespread and chronic disease of homelessness, Pastor Ralph has led the charge to assisting the homeless with attaining access to permanent housing, as well as services to treat their illness and maintain stable in housing. He sits on a council with the Mayor of Belleville, IL were the situation of homelessness is being actively addressed and as a result the city of Belleville will in the near future open an intake and treatment facility for the homeless.
He is committed to ministering to the whole person. Because of Pastor Ralph’s consciousness of concern, families are being healed, marriages are being restored, men are drawing closer to God, women are becoming spiritually whole; and youth are being equipped to go forth as spiritual leaders in the world. Pastor Ralph also serves as overseer of the Men’s Ministry at Redeemers House of Worship.
His call into ministry commenced while he was in the Unites States Airforce where he served for more than 26 years before retiring from the military in 2007. It was in Okinawa, Japan in 1989 while serving his country; when Pastor Ralph accepted his call into ministry. As Pastor Ralph’s ministry developed, the Lord directed him to lead the Youth Ministry, Youth Choir, Sunday School, Singles Ministry, and the Gospel/Inspirational Worship services throughout his military assignment.
In 1992, Pastor Ralph was licensed as a minister in Vogelweh, Germany, through the National Baptist Association. He was ordained in 2005 as an Elder while serving at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church through the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries: where he was soon elevated to Executive Pastor.
Pastor Ralph fosters the candid belief that the purpose of Redeemers House of Worship is to fulfill the Great commission by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ either indirectly or directly though evangelism and discipline. He is a unique teacher, powerful preacher, and compassionate shepherd, who is full of the Holy Spirit. When you come to know him, you will never forget him for the Spirit of the Living God directs his path.
Having received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Education and Development from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, Pastor Ralph also received his Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is persistent with encouraging the people of God to grow in God’s word in order to be Restored, Redeemed, and Released. Pastor Ralph’s declaration is, “Come with a Past, Leave with a Future.”
God is trusting Pastor Ralph with the covenant task of saving souls for His Kingdom. He strives daily to ensure that we are the church where “the mission of Christ is meeting the needs of the people” and to ‘Make the Kingdom Proud.’
Pastor Sharon “Shay” Holmes, a native of Houston Texas, is the Co-founder and Pastor of Redeemers House of Worship “The House” in Belleville, IL. She serves with her husband Senior Pastor Ralph E. Holmes, Sr. to whom she has been happily married to for more than 41 years. Pastor Shay is also a devoted mother to their three 3 sons – Ralph Jr., Tyrell, and Jarius.
This powerful woman of God is dedicated to building God’s Kingdom by Loving God and Loving His People. Her life is dedicated to encouraging “ALL” to live on purpose for God. Pastor Shay has served diligently in ministry for more than thirty years. She is a Pastor, International Speaker, Teacher, Counselor, Mentor, Worship Leader, Songwriter, and gifted Conference Speaker. As an insightful speaker, she draws heavily from her personal life experiences to encourage everyone to understand that their “Pit Has a Purpose.”
Pastor Shay accepted her call to ministry in 1986 in Okinawa, Japan while Pastor Ralph served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Since saying “Yes” to God, she has been wholly committed to singing, teaching and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her husband’s military career was the vehicle God used for her to go to the nations to lead others to Christ. Pastor Shay has a distinctive message delivery; her prophetic, vibrant and witty style of teaching helps to develop disciples.
Pastor Shay oversees the Women’s Ministry at RHOW “Sister 2 Sister.” This ministry is intentional about pouring into Women from all walks of life — empowering them to move towards wholeness and wellness spiritually and physically. A woman short in stature, Pastor Shay is a giant in God who possess the rare ability to reach and stir audiences as she works to build the Kingdom of God.
An anointed and powerful Worship Leader — she has an assignment to ensure that everyone understands their purpose in True Worship. She facilitates numerous worship workshops, trains and develops Worship Teams. She desires that All know that Worship pleases God and that we are called to be Atmosphere changers. Pastor Shay currently serves as the Overseer for the Praise and Worship Team at RHOW.
She is a valued leader in the Body of Christ as well as the community. She is a graduate of the Fellows Alumni of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiate Program — an intensive program offered to up-and coming Corporate Leaders in the St. Louis community.
The fresh anointing of Pastor Shay complimented with an insight in the revelation of God’s Word is touching the hearts of people around the world. It is very evident that God has raised Pastor Shay up to challenge the Body of Christ out of their complacency.