The Rev. Anne Holmes


The Rev. Anne Holmes, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Anne Holmes (pictured at left on her first Sunday at Bethel) joined Bethel as Designated Pastor in June 2017.  She has a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., an interdenominational seminary that educates pastors of all denominations. She was ordained by the United Church of Christ at Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna, Va. in 1982. She also serves as Associate Moderator of the Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ.

She is the first lesbian to have been ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ. In the statement of the spiritual journey that brought her to seek ordination — a personal and theological biography required of all candidates — Holmes dealt forthrightly with the homosexuality issue: How she had become aware of her sexual orientation as a college student in Tennessee, her struggles with self hatred, how she rebelled against the advice to keep her lesbian orientation a secret because that would contradict “the openness with which we are called to live our lives,” she said. “I didn’t want this to become the issue, but I was too honest to hide it,” she told the association, which ultimately voted 94 to 36 to ordain her.

Rev. Holmes lives with her wife in Vienna, Va.

Anne’s office hours: (changing for 2019)

Monday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm, followed by Bible study until 8:00 pm (Sept through May) and 10:30-3:30 (June-August)
Thursday noon – 3:30 pm
Friday Sabbath.

Other hours are available by appointment (except on Fridays).

She can be reached at 703-403-6653 or aeholmes416@verizon.net.

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