Rev. Dr. Shannon A. Holmes


Shannon A. Holmes is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Dillard University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  She has also earned a doctorate degree at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit.

Shannon has had a distinguished career in public service.  She has served as a Federal Investigator with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she investigated civil rights complaints and facilitated training for employers with respect to federal statutes that govern the employer-employee relationship.

In 1999, Shannon joined the City of Detroit’s Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Labor and Employment Law Division.  While serving in this capacity, she represented the City of Detroit in civil litigation, labor arbitrations, police and fire trial board hearings, civil service hearings, Michigan Employment Relations Commission hearings, and contract negotiations.  She also served as the Legislative Assistant Corporation Counsel and represented the Law Department during Detroit City Council sessions.

Shannon has served as the Chief of Staff to the Honorable Mayor Dave Bing and as Director of the City of Detroit’s Human Resources Department.  She has also served as an Administrative Law Judge with the City of Detroit Department of Administrative Hearings.  She is a former Officer with the Michigan National Guard Judge Advocate General Corps.

In 2011, Shannon was appointed to serve as a Judge in the State of Michigan 36th District Court.  In November 2014, she was elected to serve as a Judge by the residents of the City of Detroit.

Shannon is a member of Renaissance Baptist Church of Detroit where the Rev. Dr. Edwin H. Holmes serves as the senior pastor.  At Renaissance, Shannon serves as a member of the Ministerial Staff, Praise and Worship Leader, and Women’s Ministry Facilitator.  She is an ordained minister who is willing to serve where needed.

Shannon has a God-given passion for women’s issues and is dedicated to ministering to all of God’s people, especially women.  She is the co-founder of the annual Behind the Mask Women’s Conference, which is designed to minister to the total woman according to the Word of God.   Shannon is also the founder of the annual The Women Came First sunrise service, which is a City-wide service for women who dare to rise early on Resurrection morning to worship the risen King.

Shannon is affiliated with several civic, community, religious and professional organizations including: Detroit Parent Network Board of Directors, The State Bar of Michigan, The Association of Black Judges of Michigan, The Wolverine Bar Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Shannon is the wife of Rev. Dr. Edwin H. Holmes, a mother (Troy, Jordan and Joi Ivory), a mother-in-law (Autumn) and a grandmother (Aubrey and Jonathan).