The Center for Shepherd Care is a new focused outreach of Fieldstone Counseling that seeks to be a pastor to pastors, ministry leaders, and their families.
We trust that with the Lord’s blessing, and your prayers and support, the lives of pastors, ministry leaders, missionaries, parachurch leaders, and the lives of all their families members, will be changed for their great joy and God’s glory!
A heart for pastors and ministry leaders and their families
Reliance on the wisdom & authority of the Word of God
Dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives
The importance of discerning God’s will and calling
The Christ-centered Gospel received and applied to daily life
Bob has been an ordained pastor since 1989. He has enjoyed people of all ages and the privilege of preaching, teaching, and counseling from the Word of God. After graduating with a B.S. degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a M.S. degree from Penn State University, Bob had several different careers (including teaching, graphic design, and advertising) before going to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1989. From there he served as an associate pastor, church planter, interim pastor, and head of staff. One of Bob’s primary lifetime counselors has been his father, and the two co-authored Simply Leading: Creating the Future With God. His goal in counseling is to help people experience the fullness of life God intends for them in Jesus Christ, who said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). This means learning to apply the Gospel to our lives, particularly in the struggles and challenges we all face at times.
Bob and his wife, Linda, a Christian life coach, were married in 1977. They raised three sons and now enjoy three daughters-in-law and three grandchildren in their family circle. In his free time, Bob enjoys hiking, golfing, reading, creative writing and drawing, exercising, watching sports, working on the house, and exploring new places with Linda.
Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling. He also serves as the Pastor of Counseling for Parkside Church Bainbridge and Green. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s University with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of The Company We Keep and Counsel for Couples and the forthcoming Rescue Plan (P&R Publishing, 2021).
Jonathan has written for a number of sites and organizations including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Biblical Counseling Coalition, ERLC, and the Journal for Biblical Counseling. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for CCEF (Christian Counseling Educational Foundation) and the Council Board for the BCC (Biblical Counseling Coalition). He is frequent speaker at conferences and retreats. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters, Ava, Riley, Ruby, and Emma. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and cooking.
With over 25 years of ministry experience, Barry has provided shepherding care to all ages as a Youth and Family Pastor and as Pastor of Congregational Care, helping those in their times of struggle, doubt and grief. Both as a pastor and a biblical counselor, Barry has helped men, couples, and families, dealing with a wide range of issues such as communication, conflict resolution, addictions, sexual brokenness, and depression.
Barry has a shepherd’s heart and desires to walk alongside people through life’s challenges. He believes that biblical truth not only helps us to understand the root issues of our problems but also brings hope and healing to our brokenness through the gospel. Barry currently serves as the Shepherding Pastor at Liberty Church PCA in Maryland and has an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary and received a Doctor of Ministry through Covenant Theological Seminary. A seminar speaker and support group leader, Barry has given talks on his dissertation which focuses on the pastoral care of Christian parents with adult gay children.
Barry has also completed the first level in the CCEF (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation) certificate program. He and his wife Margaret have three young adult children and live in the Baltimore area. In his spare time Barry enjoys gardening, swimming, and taking in the beauty of God’s creation.