Rev. Kent E. Holmes
A 19-year ministry as pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney, PA, began in 1991. I “officially” retired in 2010 when we left Punxsy and moved to Lancaster County. I’ve been serving as the Covenant Pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church since the spring of 2011. The year 2019 marks my 43rd anniversary in ministry.
I’m married to The Rev. Dr. Erin Cox-Holmes, who is the Executive Presbyter of Donegal Presbytery. Erin and I met while we were both at Earlham and we married in 1984. Erin is a Southern California native, as well. We have two children: Graham (31), a Clinical Therapist, and Meredith (23), a Senior at Elizabethtown College. We currently reside in Lititz.
In our free time, Erin and I museum hop, hike, attend orchestra concerts and plays. We’re avid movie goers, too – in the congregation I’m known for my frequent movie reviews. We have a Welsh Terrier named Abigail.
Director of Music & Organist
Derek holds a BSE in Music Education from Millersville University and an M.A. in Music Education from Boston University. Derek is currently our Director of Music and has served as Bethany’s Organist since 2010. He is a freelance performer and conductor in the Lancaster community, having worked with local groups such as Opera Lancaster, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Susquehanna Stage Company, Popovsky Performing Arts Studio, and Cavod Theatre. He is currently employed working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at NeurAbilities Healthcare, where he works with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
James W. Grossman