Robby and Chrissy Holt

It is with great joy that Covenant Presbyterian Church calls Robby Holt as our Senior Pastor. Rev. Holt received a unanimous vote from our church members during a May 31 Congregational Meeting. We look forward to welcoming Robby and Chrissy to our church family and to Birmingham.



— MDiv (2000), Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS

— BA, Covenant College, Chattanooga, TN

— Born in Memphis, TN, raised in Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga

— Married to Chrissy, 4 adult children, 4 grandchildren


Church Leadership

North Shore Fellowship Presbyterian, Chattanooga, TN

     — Senior Pastor | 2014-present
     — Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Mercy Ministry Coordinator | 2006-2014
     — Preaching and Liturgy Team | 2003-2006

Bethlehem Community Church, Chattanooga, TN

     — Assistant Pastor | 2001-2003

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, TN

     — Pastoral Intern | Summers 1998, 1999, 2000

Vineville Presbyterian Church, Macon, GA

     — Youth Director | 1993-1997

First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA 

     — Youth Intern | Summer 1991 


Other Ministry Leadership

Theological Dean, Chattanooga Institute for Faith and Work | 2017-Present

Teacher for "Theology of Work" and "New Testament" courses for the Chattanooga Fellows Program


Local Presbytery Leadership

Nominating Committee | 2015-present

Theological Examination Committee | 2006-2015

Robby is a pastor and scholar; here are his published works:

2005, Coauthor, "Prayer in/and the Drama of Redemption in Luke: Prayer and Exegetical Performance," [Chapter 13] Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection and Formation

2016, Coauthor, "The Ecclesia as Primary Context for the Reception of the Bible," [Chapter 3] A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation

2018, Coauthor, Practicing The King’s Economy, Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save and Give [Robby served as primary author for chapters 9 and 11.]

Covenant’s Senior Pastor Search Committee met with a number of references. The following comments are a sampling of what we received in support of Robby:

"He is a pastor, not just a preacher." Pastoral colleague

"A careful scholar and outstanding expositor of the Word of God...a very good communicator." Current congregant and lay leader

"He can take the most profound biblical and theological truths and make them easily understandable and applicable to daily life and work." Colleague in Chattanooga city ministry

"I consider him a heavy weight intellectually and spiritually." Lifelong friend

"He has a genuine friendship among our staff and creates a pleasant work atmosphere." Colleague at North Shore Fellowship


We encourage you to listen to Robby's sermon at Covenant on June 14, 2020:


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