PCA Minister Charles B. Holliday, Jr., 94, Called Home to Glory

Charles B. Holliday, Jr., 94, served as pastor of First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Penn., for 38 years.

He served as Pastor of First Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Penn., from 1954-1992. He became Pastor Emeritus of the Pittsburgh congregation and Honorably Retired by the Ascension Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in 1992. In 1992-1993 he served as Stated Supply for Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Elgin, Illinois while son his Chuck was on sabbatical.

 

Rev. Charles B. Holliday, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior May 13, 2017 at Quarryville, Penn. He was born September 12, 1922 in Greenville, SC, the son of Charles B. Holliday and Belle Mundy.

Holliday graduated from Columbia Bible College in 1943 (Biblical Studies); from Texas Christian University in 1944 (B.A., major History, minor Religious Education); and from Faith Theological Seminary in 1947 (B.D.). He was ordained April, 1947 by the Carolinas Presbytery of the Bible Presbyterian Church.

He served as Pastor of Fairview Reformed Presbyterian Church in Industry, Penn., from 1947-1952; as Stated Supply of Third Reformed Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Penn., and Assistant to the General Secretary of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions from 1952 – 1954; and Pastor of First Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Penn., from 1954-1992. He became Pastor Emeritus of the Pittsburgh congregation and Honorably Retired by the Ascension Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in 1992. In 1992-1993 he served as Stated Supply for Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Elgin, Illinois while his son Chuck was on sabbatical.

His service to the wider church included Moderator of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, General Synod in 1950, 1957 and 1962; Moderator of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod in 1977. He also served on the denominational RP Pension board, Home Missions/ Home Ministries board, Covenant Seminary board, Quarryville (PA) Presbyterian Retirement Community board and the Pittsburgh/ Ascension Presbytery’s Camps and Conference Committee.

He and his wife, Katherine, retired to Silver Bay, NY in 1993. For many years he preached regularly in area churches – Christian Reformed, United Reformed, PCA, PCUSA, Baptist and other congregations in upstate NY and Vermont. In 2015 he and Katherine relocated to the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.

He is survived by Katherine Armes Holliday, his wife of almost 70 years (June 7, 1947); four children: Jean Annette Troxell (Sun City West, AZ), Charles B. Holliday, III (Atlantic Beach, FL), Katherine H. Beebe (Flourtown, PA) and Thomas G. Holliday (Alexandria, VA); 13 grandchildren and 32 living great grandchildren.