By SHERRY DIGMON
Six outstanding citizens will be inducted into the Atmore Area Hall of Fame April 27.
They are Dr. Wil Baker, Robert Faircloth, Ann Gordon, Novy L. Hale, the Rev. Isaac Holt, and Wayne Stacey.
The 14th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner is set for Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m., at The Club. Tickets, $25 each, are available at Atmore News, 128 N. Main Street. Everyone attending must have a ticket.
Please note: The deadline to purchase or reserve tickets is Thursday, April 18.
The Hall of Fame committee extends a special invitation to former inductees.
Each week, Atmore News will feature one of this year’s inductees.
The Reverend Isaac Holt Jr.
The Reverend Isaac J. Holt Jr. has been called “A Servant of God Gifted with the Passion of Preaching.”
A native of Atmore, he is a veteran of the United States Navy, and while serving a tour of duty at the Naval Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was licensed to preach in 1986 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. After a duty transfer brought him to the former Navy base [Charleston Navy Base], he united with Morris Street Baptist Church where he served as an associate minister. In 1992, with the recommendation of his pastor, the Reverend Dr. A. R. Blake, he received his ministerial ordination.
Rev. Holt is a graduate of Morris College School of Religious Studies in Sumter, South Carolina, where he also graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. He has received additional training at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. He currently serves on numerous community improvement councils and acts as advisory assistance to law enforcement. He serves as Chairman of the Royal Foundation Board, Trident Technical College Community Board, and is a former member of the Neighborhoods Energized to Win (N.E.W) Advisory Board. In addition, he serves on many other advisory boards in the Charleston area and surrounding communities.
Additionally, he has served the last five years as the annual Faith Community Drive Chairperson for the United Negro College Fund. He also serves on the Morris College Board of Trustees. He is Vice President Region One for The South Carolina Baptist E&M Convention and serves as the State Director for Disaster Management for the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. He also serves as Executive Board Chairman of the Charleston County Baptist Association, an organization serving 31 local church congregations. He was awarded the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award by the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
In March of 1993, Rev. Holt was called by the congregation of Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston to serve as their pastor. God has prospered the Royal Church family, abundantly, by growing its membership of 200 to currently over 2000 under Rev. Holt’s leadership as pastor. The church has added 24 new ministries, which include community food and clothing banks that minister to more than 100 families a month.
In 2005, under Rev. Holt’s care and guidance, Royal completed the construction of a $3 million worship center for which they burned the mortgage in three years.
Rev. Holt also sits as Board Chairman for the Royal Foundation, which is the non-profit community development arm of the church that operates and funds after-school tutoring, GED classes, aerobic classes, computer training and many other classes open to the public and provided free.
God has truly blessed his gifts and continues to lift up and open doors for this ministry. Rev. Holt can be heard weekly on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. on the local Charleston area radio station, WJNI 106.3 on the FM dial.
Pastor Holt is in high demand throughout the country for revival preaching and speaking engagements.
He is married to the former Ms. Jannie Singleton of Charleston. They have one son, Isaac J. Holt, III, and the family resides in North Charleston, South Carolina.