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David Holdcraft is the Kentucky Regional Director for Ratio Christi.
As I reflect on my pilgrimage in the Christian faith, I am so thankful that I was born into a home where both parents were believers. I was born in Fort Myers, Florida on July 18, 1958. When I was about eight years of age, my parents decided to leave the Methodist Church they were attending and began to attend First Alliance Church in Fort Myers. It was during this time that I placed my faith in Christ Jesus as my Savior and Lord. As I grew in the Lord, he used a very missions-minded church and pastor to lead me to the conviction that God was calling me into full time Christian service as a career missionary. After I graduated from high school, I began attending Toccoa Falls Collegen service. Our first ministry experience was in Gainesville, Georgia where I served as an assistant pastor for a year and a half. In the fall of 1982 I began attending Alliance Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Professional Studies degree. While in New York we were active in the New City Alliance Church which provided us with much practical lay ministry experience. Our daughter, Laura, was born 1983 in Nyack, New York. In February of 1987 we moved to Michigan to plant a church. I pastored there for 3.5 years. Through God’s sovereign workings, we were called to Trinity Bible Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1991. I pastored at TBC for almost seven years. In 1998 we moved to Louisville, KY to pastor Cornerstone Community Church of the C&MA. I pastored Cornerstone for almost seven years. I stepped out of pastoral ministry in 2005 due in part, to my wife being burned out as a pastor’s wife.
I opened a painting and drywall repair business in Louisville in 2005 and I am still painting today. After hearing about Ratio Christi in 2015 I applied to work with RC and was appointed the Regional Director for Kentucky in 2016. My love of apologetics started in college. I remember taking Intro to Philosophy and a Comparative Religions class doing my sophomore year. Those two classes sent me reeling. I had never my faith challenged as it was during that semester. I came out of that semester much stronger in my faith. I then had two apologetics classes in college and a class or two in graduate school. Over the years I have studied apologetics on my own, attended several apologetics conferences and taught numerous apologetic workshops in churches. I believe the church desperately needs apologetics to equip believers to know the truth, be anchored in the truth and to defend the truth. This is why I believe Ratio Christi is an essential ministry. To teach, train and equip youth in high school and college so they can stand for truth and defend truth is vital.
Ministering with Ratio Christi allows me to continue in ministry while pursuing my passion of apologetics. I am very excited to serve with such a strategic ministry like Ratio Christi. Throughout my life I have seen God’s goodness and have been sustained by his grace. I am so thankful that he has given me the opportunity to serve him and his church. I believe in the church and believe that God has put us here to love him, love one another and our world and to make disciples. It is to these purposes that I am committed to and seek to fulfill.
On a personal level, I am a widower. My wife Beth of 33-years passed into the presence of the Lord in February of 2013. I have three grown children and four grandchildren. My life verse is: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to his power that is at within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, GA; Bachelors of Arts, Missiology (Cross-cultural Studies); 1980
Academic Honors: Graduated Cum Laude; Cumulative GPA: 3.6
Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY; Master of Professional Studies, 1985
Cumulative GPA: 3.2
Columbia Biblical Seminary. Columbia, SC: Master of Arts In General Theological Studies,
(Three courses remaining): Projected degree completion: unknown; Cumulative GPA: 3.8