Dr. Andrew T. Holtz, Jr., M.Div, D.Min
Reverend Dr. Andrew T. Holtz, Jr., M. Div., D. Min., Presiding Elder
The Ozark-Troy District Southeast Alabama Annual Conference
9th Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church
Presiding Elder Andrew Holtz is married to his beautiful wife Ramona [Holly] whom he met during the Annual YPD Day she chaired at her home church where she introduced him as the guest preacher. They have two children, Andrew T. Holtz, III and Cecelia Elizabeth Darling Holtz - Curtis.
In November 2012, Dr. Holtz was appointed Presiding Elder of the Ozark - Troy District of the Southeast Alabama Annual Conference by Bishop James Levert Davis, Presiding Servant Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Holtz simultaneously served as pastor of two congregations: Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Scottsboro and Matthews Chapel A.M.E. Church, Fackler, Alabama. Similarly, he has administered THE Word pastorally in the following A.M.E.C. Episcopal Districts: 7th Episcopal District, The Columbia (South Carolina) Annual Conference; 6th Episcopal District, The Atlanta - North Georgia Annual Conference; 1st Episcopal District, The Philadelphia, New York, and Delaware Annual Conferences; and 9th Episcopal District, The Northwest Alabama Annual Conference.
Elder Holtz has distinguished himself academically by matriculating at the following:
Wilberforce University, Wilberforce Ohio and Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina
[Bachelor of Arts Degree]; Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational
Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, Georgia [Master of Divinity Degree]; and, Eastern
University’s Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Doctor of Ministry
Degree] … with Graduate Concentrations in Pastoral Counseling, Christian Education,
and Church Administration. He has additional studies in Substance Abuse Counseling
and Psychopathology at Villanova University and Neumann College.
Presiding Elder Holtz’s calling and fulltime ministry includes serving as an Adjunct Professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Medialle College, Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary, and Wesley College, where he has taught the following: Church in Community, Reading the Bible, Evangelism, Discipleship in The African American Community, Old Testament Literature, and New Testament Literature. He also served as a Certified Field Education Supervisor for Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Outside of the academy, Dr. Holtz was the Director at the Pennsylvania Council of Churches for The Office of Ethnic Cooperation, and The Office of Institutional Ministries and Chaplaincy; and, Founder/Developer-Director: The Chester Family Life Center. His professional involvements also include: Counselor, Therapist, and Chaplain.
Elder Holtz has a heart for Mission Evangelism, and Church & Community Development, and has traveled to: South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Ghana, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Canada, Ethiopia, Botswana, Bujumbura, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, and Martinique. Prior to his ministry in Alabama, the 9th Episcopal District of the AME Church, Presiding Elder Holtz spent twenty years Directing a Mission Church Plant Initiative where he advanced Church Plant Movements, trained and coached Church Plant Pastors and Leaders, and developed and established progressive Church Plant Networks that resulted in Alliances, Movements, Associations, and Regional Presbyteries through Global Kingdom Partnerships. He has been awarded Keys to Cities; most coveted, was “Pastor of the Year” by the Atlanta - North Georgia Annual Conference.
Immediately following God’s blessing of having successfully raised and educated both Andrew and Cecelia; and, after giving Cecelia to Bryan in Marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Holtz opened their hearts and home and become Therapeutic Foster Parents to Children they nurtured the past ten years. Mrs. Holtz was awarded “Therapeutic Foster Parent of The Year.”
Elder Holtz is a Life Member of NAACP and proud Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.