Reverend Holmes Williams passes away
One of Barbados’ most prominent evangelists Reverend Holmes Williams is dead.
The founder and retired senior pastor of the People’s Cathedral passed away just before 11 o’clock this morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He was 75.
Williams, who was receiving treatment for chikungunya and dengue fever, was warded in the QEH’s Intensive Care Unit for several weeks now.
Bishop of the Barbados District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies Gerry Seale confirmed the death of the gifted evangelist, who has conducted many crusades in most of the English and French Caribbean islands, as well as North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Following is the full statement issued by Bishop Seale immediately following his passing:
“It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the homegoing of Rev. Dr. Holmes Williams at 10:50 this morning (December 19) after being hospitalised for some days. He would have been 76 on December 27, 2014.
In a sense an era has ended within our denomination, where he served and ministered for more than 50 years.
Holmes was an incredibly gifted minister of the gospel. His ministry took him around the world and he touched the lives of millions through his preaching, his radio programme, his books and, in more recent years, through the internet.
I give God thanks for the multiplied thousands that came to Christ through Holmes’ ministry and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God through his efforts under the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Through his vision and dedication, Holmes took a small group meeting in someone’s home and built a congregation of over 4,000. To that he added a credit union, a primary school and more recently a radio station. His vision was for much more. We honour him for this and thank God for His gracious anointing in using Holmes in so many ways.
The whole of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies stretched across the Lesser Antilles and beyond joins in expressing our condolences to Holmes’ wife, Rosie, his sons Peter, Paul and David and their families and to the members of The People’s Cathedral.
As Holmes rejoices in the presence of Jesus we are confident he will rise in glory at the sound of the trumpet when our Lord Jesus returns.” (Ends)