When Bishop John Holloway suffered his stroke in 2007, the clergy of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Thomaston, faithfully took the Holy Eucharist to him every day for a long period. Beginning in 2011, a number of people from churches near the bishop continued the practice and took communion to him and his family nearly every Sunday.
Those from the diocese who, beginning in 2011, participated regularly, including clergy, Licensed Liturgical Ministers, and Commissioned Ministers, were:
St. Michael and All Angels, Thomaston
Father Joseph Hassell
Deacon David Hoffman
Deacon Fred Hill
St. Luke, Manchester
Canon Robert Wills
Church of the Holy Cross, Fayetteville
Canon Paul Massey
Father Robert Roethel
Deacon Joseph Liptak
Dr. Judy Massey, CM
The Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg
Bishop David Epps
Dean Jason Epps
Archdeacon Dan Hale
Father James Taylor
Father David Jones
Deacon James Gardner
Deacon Tony McGee
Deacon Bill Shelton
Nancy Clemmer, CM
Paul Dickinson, LLM
Karen Hennessy, LLM
Seth McGee, LLM
Dawn McCook, LLM
Dr. Andy Ellis, LLM
Others known to have visited/served Eucharist to Bishop Holloway
Patriarch Craig Bates, New York
Archbishop Charles Jones, Alabama
Bishop David Simpson, Florida
Bishop Gene Lilly, Florida/Philippines
Archdeacon David Paysinger, Florida
Father Terry Gensemer, Alabama
Father Mark Johnson, North Carolina
Father Mark Waters, Alabama
members of the Christ the King Warriors Motorcycle Club
Father David Monroe, ACNA
David Neece, Georgia
In a number of cases, spouses, children, and laity accompanied those who served Bishop Holloway.
To these, and to those whose participation is not known, Bishop Epps sends a word of deep gratitude for the love, compassion, and friendship shown to Bishop Holloway during these last several years. The Holy Eucharist meant a great deal to him and those who brought it to his bedside brought with it grace, mercy, and comfort.
Four individuals were confirmed or received during services recently at St. Luke Charismatic Episcopal Church in Manchester, GA. Two of the confirmands have already become members of the church’s liturgical dance ministry. The Rev’d Canon Robert Wills, Vicar of St. Luke, presented the confirmands and a number of words were spoken over each person. Bishop David Epps preached, celebrated Holy Eucharist, and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation/Reception.
From left to right, the new members are: Kelli Thomas, Carrie Floyd, Lanette Donahoo, and Mack Donahoo
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John Holloway was a pastor to me, one of two men in my life who completely fulfilled that role. I first met him in 1995 when, after he called me on the telephone in response to an inquiry I made, we met for lunch in Griffin, GA. He and I shared some common ground. We had both served as United Methodist pastors, both had been influenced by the charismatic movement, were both married to strong, capable women, and both had three sons—although he would add a daughter some years later.
In 1996, I became a priest in the Charismatic Episcopal Church and helped to found a church, making another thing we had in common, as he was the founding pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Thomaston, GA. In 1997, Father John became Bishop John and became both my boss and my pastor. He also became my very good friend.
A legend among men has left us. He was not a famous athlete, rock star or actor. In the world at large, he was not well known. Many of you reading this will not recognize his name. Small in stature, he was a gentle giant of a man, who loved God with all his heart and served Him with all his strength.
Bishop John William Holloway walked – dare I say ran – through the gates of Heaven on Saturday, February 22, 2014. He ran on two legs, completely healed and whole. There was, I’m sure, great rejoicing and Bishop John’s voice (he was never known for his quiet worship) rang out above all the heavenly hosts. I can picture in my mind’s eye Bishop John running towards the throne of God and I see God standing up, and receiving Bishop John in His outstretched arms, saying “Well done! Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter now into the joy of My Kingdom.” (from Matthew 25:21; interpretation, mine.)