Leadership
Deacons; Finance TEAM; Administration; Compassion & Public Relations

King Solomon & Maria Holmes, Jr.

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Deacons King Solomon Jr. and Maria Wilson Holmes are faithful members of Abundant Harvest Church and have been with the ministry since its inception in 1997.  Having been raised by Christian parents, Brother Solomon and Sister Maria bring a solid Christian heritage to their servanthood and leadership.

Having been married for over 36 years, Solomon and Maria have the blessing and experience of raising three children to adulthood.  Their sons, Andre (keyboard) and Matthew (drums) are involved in the music ministry.  Andre, a graduate of the Achitecture Program at U of M and is employed as an architectural designer at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Andre's wife Megan (Stillwagon) Holmes, a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, is a certified spanish teacher and daycare owner.  Andre and Megan work together in ministry serving the Youth and on the Compassion team.  They are joined in this work with their younger brother, Matthew, who is a SAG (simulation, animation and gaming) major at Eastern Michigan University now employed by 3D Excite in Royal Oak. Megan also works with the youth Sunshine Band.  Solomon and Maria's daughter, Karissa, served five years as a Sunday school teacher at Abundant Harvest before leaving Ann Arbor to attend law school at Wayne State University.  She now practices law at DTE Energy and attends church in the Detroit area.

Solomon is retired after 30 years from General Motors and Maria is the Director of Community Investment for Comcast Cable (Heartland Region).  Solomon and Maria work together to faithfully serve the ministry in benelovence by visiting the sick and bereaved; caring for and being alert to the ministry needs of the members.

Solomon leads the Finance Team and the Deacon Board.  Maria leads the Compassion Team and Public Relations, serving also as the church webmaster and secretary.  In addition to serving as partners on the Deacon board and Finance team, they also work together to provide administrative assistance to the ministry.  They are dedicated to helping to further the vision for this ministry and to fulfill the will of the Lord for their personal family as well.  The scripture that guides their family is "but as for me and my house; we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:25b)

 

THE OFFICE OF THE DEACON

Deacon means "servant."

The office of the deacon was developed out of the need of the church at Jerusalem.  Deacons were chosen or appointed by the local congregation to care for the physical needs of the congregation.  The purpose of deacons is to serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church - doing the work of benevolence, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation - freeing the pastor(s) to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word, thus facilitating the spread of the gospel and promoting unity within the church.

"It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." Acts 6:2-4 (NKJV)

1st Timothy 3 and Acts 6 expound the qualifications for the office of deacons; the later contains what could fairly be called the "core qualifications".  Romans 16 gives an example of a a deaconess.

   "Men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom" -- Acts 6:3

 "And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit" -- Acts 6:5

"I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:" -- Romans 16:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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