Ashley ruth holmes

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA - December 2018
Master of Arts Christian Education – Children’s Ministry
University of Mobile, Mobile, AL - May 2013
Bachelor of Science - Communication Major; Music Minor
Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, Decatur, AL - May 2009

Vocational Ministry Experience
Parkview Baptist Church, Decatur, AL                                                      
Minister to Preschool/Children - April 2017 – Present
Regular Duties:
- Oversaw all ministry related activities pertaining to children in birth-6th grade (nurseries, preschool, 
children, and 5th/6th grade ministries) as well as all teachers and children involved in the church’s
weekday education program, Promiseland Preschool
- Enlisted andtrained all children’s ministry volunteers, as well as coordinated schedules for nursery volunteers. - Worked closely with the teaching and administration staff at Promiseland Preschool – overseeing hiring
decisions, disciplinary action for both staff and children, as well as building relationships with the children 
and their families as a part of the ministry of the program. 
- Taught weekly music classes during enrichment time at Promiseland Preschool
- Revamped VBS programming, seeing registration numbers rise from approx. 50 children to an avg of 180.
- Began a special needs worship service, Wonderfully Made. Allowed children with both intellectual and 
physical disabilities to be reached in a new, unique way that catered to their needs.
- Created a policy manual for the use of all volunteers and parents affiliated with ParkviewKids.
- Created mass forms of communication for parents and volunteers, including but not limited to:
  • Text blast service
  • Band App
  • Facebook Group
  • Weekly email newsletter
  • Printed newsletter/calendar each month
  • Digital registration for all events and camps
  • Informational bulletin board for all ParkviewKids activities and events
  • Volunteer bulletin board to identify areas of service for the current week through the end of the
  • following month
PERSONAL LIFE I currently live in my hometown of Decatur, Alabama and am currently serving as the Minister to Preschool and
Children at Parkview Baptist. My parents, David and Melanie Holmes, have been in music ministry my entire life, 
and my dad is currently in his 22nd year serving as the Minister of Music at Central Park Baptist, also here in 
Decatur. I have an older brother named Drew who is currently pursuing a pharmacy residency at the
University of Kansas. He is married to Ashley (yes, her name is Ashley, too!), and she is also a pharmacist 
and works in critical care at a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. 

I enjoy all things crafty, makeup, organizing, and baking. My favorite things to do in my free time usually 
include reading, watching movies, or doing a craft project or puzzle. I love creating something beautiful 
out of nothing, and I thoroughly enjoy getting to exercise that creativity God has gifted me with. I also 
love to sing. I have been singing and performing for as long as I can remember, and even pursued a vocal 
performance minor during my time at the University of Mobile. One of my favorite ways to worship the Lord 
is through singing, and I love any chance I get to use my gifts for His glory!

My current phase of ministry has allowed me to begin coaching volleyball as well, and that has been a true 
blessing in my life. I currently coach the middle school volleyball team at my alma mater, Decatur Heritage 
Christian Academy, and recently finished my first season coaching 14s for United Volleyball Club in Madison, 
Alabama. The Lord has blessed me by allowing me to expand my ministry to reach middle school girls through 
a sport that I have loved since middle school myself. It has been a joy, pleasure, and honor to love on these
girls and minister to them in a new way.

My salvation experience is not atypical for most who were raised in church, but my personal discipleship 
journey is most definitely unique in how the Lord worked through and in my life. I grew up in a ministerial 
family – my dad is the Minister of Music at Central Park Baptist in Decatur, Alabama, so I knew what it 
meant to serve in church ministry, and was raised in a godly, loving family who feared the Lord. I was 
taught biblical principles from a young age and was at church any time the doors were open. I am blessed 
that the Lord chose my parents to be my parents – they truly made it their life’s mission to raise their children 
while putting God as the head of their household. I attended Sunday School, GAs, Mission Friends, Children’s
Choirs, Vacation Bible Schools, and many more church activities that all culminated in my spiritual education. 
At six years old, while our family was serving a church in Grand Prairie, Texas, I asked the Lord to come and 
be the ruler of my life. The Lord’s plan led us to the church where my parents are serving now, Central Park, 
which is where my father baptized me in January of 1998. It was a very special time in my life and in my 
spiritual journey!

During my high school years, the Lord really began convicting me of what it truly meant to live a life that 
not only honored him, but also one who’s main goal was to further advance His Kingdom. I began serving 
in our youth’s praise band as a worship leader, while continuing to volunteer in all areas of children’s ministry, 
which I had done since I was a child myself. My high school years were hard, but I was able to “do all things
through Him who gives me strength!”

College was significantly harder for me emotionally and spiritually, and those are the years where I experienced 
my most exponential growth in my relationship with the Lord. I reached a very low point in my life summer of 
2011, due to many experiences with individuals whom I thought were my friends. I began to question every 
aspect of my life, including my life itself. BUT GOD! God saw me in my darkest moments and rescued me 
from the lies I was being fed by the enemy. That summer I began telling my story – my story of emotional 
abuse by “friends”, how I was able to turn to the Lord in those moments, and how He redeemed every aspect 
of that situation. He led me through that valley, and now I want to tell others of all He’s done and continues 
to do for me!

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