FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Charles E. “Bobby” Holt, a graduate and former trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as long-time pastor of Vista Grande
Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., died Thursday, Feb. 13 after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for more than a year.
“Dr. Bobby Holt has suffered long enough, and God has taken him triumphantly home to a great reward in the heaven for which he longed,” said Southwestern President Paige Patterson. “Pastor, evangelist, preacher, trustee and much more, this precious man was faithful.”
Holt graduated from Southwestern with a Master of Divinity in 1978 and later obtained his Doctorate of Ministry in 1989. He began full-time Christian ministry in 1974, attaining his first pastoral position in 1978. After preaching in Texas for 16 years, he was hired as senior pastor of Vista Grande Baptist Church in March 1994. He served on Southwestern’s board of trustees from 2003 to 2013.
During Holt’s tenure, Vista Grande saw new emphases added to international missions, sponsoring trips to Brazil, Zimbabwe, Croatia, Uganda and Mexico in addition to a ministry with a church in the Philippines. On the home front, in 1996, Holt oversaw the purchase of 13 acres on which new building facilities have since been constructed.
Within three years of Holt arriving at Vista Grande, average attendance had grown to 400, and by 2013, it had grown to 700.
Additionally, Vista Grande has been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program, which supports the Colorado Baptist General Convention, International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and the six Southern Baptist seminaries, including Southwestern.
In October 2012, Holt was diagnosed with ALS. The following April, Vista Grande held a 35th Anniversary in Ministry Celebration to honor and thank him for his years of dedicated service to the Lord. In September 2013, Holt applied for long-term disability, which went into effect in December, thus concluding his formal ministry as pastor.
A remembrance service to celebrate Holt’s life will be held at Vista Grande Baptist Church, 5680 Stetson Hills Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO on Tues., Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.