Stephen D. Holder

Embracing Technology in Worship: Fundamental Principles and Essentials

Stephen D. Holder hails from his hometown of Buffalo, New York, and he has cultivated his entire academic journey within this vibrant city. His quest for knowledge led him to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Master’s degree in education, both proudly earned at Buffalo State University.

Post-academic pursuits, Stephen embarked on a fulfilling professional journey in the realm of Information Technology (IT). Over the years, he has amassed an impressive portfolio of expertise, obtaining an impressive tally of over thirty IT certifications from renowned industry giants such as Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Amazon, Nutanix, and CompTIA. Stephen’s thirst for knowledge didn’t stop there; he delved into the intricate world of government regulations and compliance, acquainting himself with the likes of the EU’s GDRP and the U.S. Code Titles 15 and 26. His commitment to excellence even secured him a prestigious U.S. Federal Government Public Trust Clearance.

With a career spanning two decades, Stephen’s IT experience has traversed an array of industries, including manufacturing, banking, construction, insurance, retail, education, non-profit, medical/hospital, pharmaceuticals, city administration, and the federal government/military. His profound grasp of business processes and overarching goals, particularly concerning high-level IT projects within these diverse sectors, positions him as an ideal choice. He excels in customizing presentations and speeches, tailoring them to suit the needs of non-profit organizations and religious institutions eager to incorporate information technology seamlessly into their worship experiences.

Beyond his IT prowess, Stephen is an avid driver, having clocked nearly 300,000 miles on his trusty Mazda. He proudly owns a SBA 8(a) certified federal government business and serves as the IT Director for the Southside Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina. Fluent in both English and French, he currently calls Raleigh, North Carolina, his home.

On a personal note, Stephen’s spiritual journey began on Wednesday, July 15, 1998, when he became a member of the body of Christ during his attendance at the ‘Camp Hunt’ church camp in Hubbardsville, New York.

Session Description:

Empower Your Church for the Digital Age

In an era of perpetual technological evolution, it’s crucial for churches to grasp essential principles and fundamentals before embarking on a journey into the realm of church-centric technology.

The objective of this informative session is to enlighten churches that are keen on integrating technology into their worship services, and it’s equally beneficial for those already equipped with technology but seeking guidance on its optimal utilization. This session has been meticulously crafted to furnish churches and their leaders with a foundational understanding of technology in the context of worship, highlighting both its potential benefits and pitfalls.