John Robert "J.R." Hall, a history, philosophy and religion instructor on the Ridgeland Campus, was selected as the 2019-2020 Holmes Community College Humanities Teacher of the Year. He will deliver his scholarly presentation, "The History and Phenomena of John Newton's Amazing Grace with American Christianity and Beyond," on Feb. 18, 2020, at 12:15 p.m. The presentation will be held in the D. P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center on the Ridgeland Campus and a reception will follow the presentation. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Hall is in his 16th year as a full-time instructor at Holmes, where he teaches both on the Ridgeland Campus and online. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor on both the Ridgeland and Goodman campuses. Hall is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree. He has additional studies from Mississippi State, Mississippi College and Springhill College.
Additionally, Hall is an Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving appointments in Bassfield, Goodman, d'Iberville, Ridgeland, Burns and currently Monterey UMC in Florence.
A native of Crystal Springs, Hall is married to Dawn Trotti Hall, and they reside in Ridgeland. Dawn has spent her career in the field of early childhood education. They have two daughters, Audrey and Madeline. Audrey is an MFA student at the University of Florida, and Madeline, a Holmes alumna, is a recent graduate of Delta State University.
In his leisure time, Hall enjoys visiting National Parks and other historical sites. He also assists the public address announcer during football games at Ridgeland High School and at Holmes.
After presenting his lecture at Holmes, Hall will be recognized by the Mississippi Humanities Council at the 2020 Public Humanities Awards Gala in Jackson on March 24.