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Most Rev'd Dr.John Holder

Scholar in Residence


Former Bishop Of  Barbados and Archbishop Of The  West  Indies

Dip.Th (Cod.Col.), BA (UWI), S.T.M (Univ. of the South), Ph.D (Lon.) LL.D (Hon) UWI

Marital Status: Married

Children: One son

Positions Held

  • 1977-1981: Tutor in Biblical Studies, specializing in Old Testament Studies at Codrington College Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies, Erdiston Teacher Training College Barbados
  • 1984-1993: Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, Codrington College
  • 1984-1990: Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Lay Training Programme - The Diocese of Barbados
  • 1985-2000: Visiting lecturer, General Education Department - The Barbados Community College, teaching Sociology and 'Ethics and Citizenship' that included sessions on medical issues such as Abortion, Contraception, and Euthanasia
  • Sept. 1985 - 2000: Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Co-ordinator of the Diploma in Theology (Saturday) programme, Codrington College
  • 1985 - 1992: Taught a course on the Bible and Religious Studies to Primary school teachers pursuing the Licentiate of the College of Preceptors (UK) in Religious Studies
  • Mar. 20 - May 18,1988: Visiting Sabbatical Professor, General Theological Seminary NewYork. Taught a Course on the Old Testament Prophets
  • April 6 - 8, 1988: Visiting Scholar, The Religious Study Group, University Centre Georgia. Delivered four lectures.
  • Sept. - Dec. 1988: Acting Principal, Codrington College
  • Sept.1992 – 1994: Chaired for Ministry of Education, a committee revising the Religious and Moral Education syllabus for the primary schools of Barbados
  • Sept. 1993 – 1999: Senior Lecturer, Codrington College
  • May 1996, 97, 98: Lectured on the topic 'Religion in the Post-Colonial Caribbean' To students in the (Barbados) Summer programme of Bucknell University
  • Sept. 1999 - July 2000: Deputy Principal, Codrington College, with responsibility for the Spiritual and Priestly formation of Ordinands
  • March 2000 - 2018: Bishop of Barbados
  • Dec. 2009 – 2018: Archbishop of the West Indies

Selected Publications

  • 1977-1981: Tutor in Biblical Studies, specializing in Old Testament Studies at Codrington College
  • 1994: 'The Challenge of Orthodoxy: The Charismatics' Enterprise of the Indies II. Caribbean Endeavour and Expression Vol. 15 No. 10-11 (1994) p.56 (Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago Institute of the West Indies)

    'Some Deuteronomic Themes in a Caribbean Perspective' CJRS 14 (1994) 4-26 The Intertestamental Period Old Testament Introduction 4 TEF 31 (London: SPCK) ‘Some Useful Biblical Models’ Ministry in Caribbean Perspective Anglican Voices. Contemporary Perspectives on Anglican Ministry From the Worldwide Communication (New York: Anglican Office, UN) pp.5-27
  • 1998: 'Religious Trends in Barbados during the Last Sixty Years' Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society-Vol.XLII (1994-95) 58-65.
  • 1999: Biblical reflections on the book of Hosea prepared for IBRA (London)
  • 2000: ‘Is this the Word of the Lord? In Search of Biblical Theology and hermeneutics, the Eastern Caribbean’ Religion, Culture and Tradition in the Caribbean, Gossai and Murrell (eds) (New York: St. Martin Press) 119-142
  • 2004 – The Bible in the Anglican Tradition – The Bible and Human Sexuality A study of two critical areas of Pastoral Concern (Diocese of Barbados)
  • 2008 - ‘Sexuality in the Old Testament’ The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality -Phil Groves (ed) (London: SPCK, 2008) pp109-132
  • 2009 - ‘Joel’ The Africana Bible. Reading Israel’s Scriptures From Africa and the African Diaspora - Hugh Page (Gen.Ed.) (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010) pp.169-171
  • 2011 – ‘The Role of Theology in a Post-Modern World’ JITC Vol.12 (2011) 69-94
  • 2016 – ‘Religion in Barbados 1966 – 2016’ Barbados Fifty Years of Independence Ed. Trevor Carmichael (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers) pp.155-182


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