David Holmes joined the pastoral staff at New Springs in October 2006 with his wife Alison. They have two children – Bridie and Sam. David already had a connection with New Springs before coming onto the team as he served as a Trustee and a Director.
David grew up in a coal mining village in Derbyshire, and qualified as a miner – in fact, a mechanical engineer. He later worked for Castrol Oils as an engineer. It was whilst here that David and his wife Alison felt God’s call on their lives to move to Zimbabwe as full time missionaries. In Zimbabwe David acquired a Diploma in Theology from the South African Assemblies of God. In Africa they ran a correspondence Bible College which trained many African ministers. They assisted in planting several new churches. They also built a recording studio, producing material that was transmitted over all of Southern Africa from Christian Voice Radio, based in Zambia. As well as all of this, they had their teaching, preaching, singing and pastoral ministry.
After several years they returned to England to pastor a church in Alfreton, Derbyshire. As well as this he worked alongside his brother in developing a large social enterprise project which has become a national model for social entrepreneurship and community involvement. Whilst he was there he set up ‘Life Matters’, a counselling and debt advice centre after acquiring a PG diploma in Integrative Counselling at Derby University. He has also recently set up the Access Counselling Service in Loughborough.
David is a gifted, anointed singer, has a clear pastoral gift and is a qualified counsellor.
As far as hobbies are concerned, David cites entertaining, good food, walking, reading and football. He is a Liverpool F.C. supporter but please don’t hold that against him!!
Alison is a gifted administrator and works part-time for PACE – a local charity – and the rest of the week as Finance Manager for a Health and Safety Consultants. In any spare time she gets she enjoys reading, sewing, walking, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She is endeavouring to learn the cello, but this is very much a work in progress!