Dr. Edward Glen Holt

Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1962-1966
E. Glen Holt was called as pastor on April 22, 1962.1  In his acceptance letter dated April 24, 1962, he wrote,   “This is certainly a very challenging opportunity, and I look forward to working with you.” He expressed his desire to move to Hillsborough the week of May 27th, having resigned as pastor of Grassy Creek Baptist Church, Oxford, NC.2   He came at the height of the civil rights movement in the South and a question arose as to what action the church would take if “a number of colored people visit our church.”  The matter was referred to the deacons and on July 10, the deacons recommended and the church approved the motion that “all persons who come to church to worship be seated.”  When he moved to Hillsborough, the Church was in the process of building a new parsonage.  The Holts hosted an open house in the new parsonage on June 16, 1963.1  At a church conference held on May 15, 1966 a letter of resignation was read for “our pastor, Glen Holt, effective June 15, 1966.”  The call was to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Olive, NC.  In the letter, he says,” You have given me the freedom and the responsibility to be your minister and I have tried to serve to the best of my ability … you are a wonderful people to serve.”3  Holt’s service to the Church has continued through the years.  He became a prime resource for pastoral search committees who sought his advice and recommendations of candidates.

Holt was born in Smithfield, NC on May 21, 1932.  He attended Mars Hill Junior College for two years before transferring and completing his BA degree at Wake Forest University in 1954.  He received his masters of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958.  On July 26, 1959, he married Joyce Smith of Selma, NC.  While at the seminary, he served as student pastor at Sardis and Hephzibah Baptist Churches in Smithfield, NC.  After seminary, he served from 1959 to 1962 as pastor of Grassy Creek Baptist Church, Oxford, NC until he was called to First Baptist Church, Hillsborough in 1962.4  After four years in Hillsborough, he spent three years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Mount Olive, NC before becoming senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC.  He remained in Fayetteville from 1969 to 1999 as the longest serving minister in the Church’s history.  He was named pastor emeritus of FBC Fayetteville in the spring of 2000 for his outstanding service to the Church and community.5

Holt received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Methodist College in 1993.  He is recognized as an outstanding denominational leader having served as president of the Baptist State Convention of N.C., 1991-1993 and president of the General Board of the Baptist State Convention of NC 1989-91 (3 terms).  He has served also on many councils and committees of the General Board and has been on the Board of Directors of Fruitland Seminary and a Trustee of Campbell University. 

Glen and Joyce have two children, Mark Holt and Amy Neill and four grandchildren.  The Holts currently reside in Athens, GA.  Mark established a scholarship at the Wake Forest University Divinity School in 2006 to honor his father’s service to the North Carolina Baptist community.6

  1. Minutes, 1962-66, from First Baptist Church, Hillsborough, NC Records 1853-2010.
  2. Correspondence: Holt to FBC Hillsborough, April 24, 1963, from First Baptist Church, Hillsborough, NC Records 1853-2010.
  3. Correspondence: Holt to FBC Hillsborough, June 15, 1966, from First Baptist Church, Hillsborough, NC Records 1853-2010.
  4. Lloyd, Pauline O., and Lloyd, Allen A. History of the Churches of Hillsborough, N.C.: Ca. 1766-1962. Hillsborough, NC: The Authors, 1963.
  5. First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC Website: About Us.  Accessed on July 26, 2011 at: http://www.fbcfay.com/main/history.htm
  6. The Divinity School of Wake Forrest University: 2007–2008 Bulletin, Volume 102, Number 8, July 2007.  Accessed on July 26, 2011 at: http://www.wfu.edu/new/publications/academics/divinity2007-2008.pdf
Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: July 26, 2011