Holly brings to CCOVB a rich background that has prepared her well for her ministry with us. Recently the Senior Pastor of a Congregational church in Norwalk CT, she is delighted to be called out of retirement to serve the pastoral needs of our church.
Holly was ordained to ministry in the United Church of Christ after receiving her Master of Divinity degree from Yale. First called to chaplaincy in trauma hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Fairfield Country (CT), she experienced the imminence of the Holy in so many precious moments wavering between life and death. She also experienced the challenges of walking life journeys with peoples of all faiths and no faith. This chaplain ministry prepared her well for her call to large and small UCC churches as Interim Senior Pastor, and finally as the settled Senior Pastor of a small church seeking a new life. She retired after achieving major milestones, especially witnessing new life and initiating a music program for the congregation. She continues to be a guest preacher in CT, NY, MA and NJ.
Holly’s earlier life was a different kind of ministry in the NYC corporate world: first in financial services as a training manager, and then in the outplacement profession as a counselor/consultant. For over 20 years, Holly managed her own counseling practice for adults in managing careers and balancing work-life issues. But she always knew she was called to something else, never dreaming it was ministry. Around 2000, she learned that it is never too late for God to call us to become who we are meant to be, and so she began her journey towards ordination.
After growing up in Providence RI, Holly received her BA in Sociology from Smith College, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. She has three grown children, four grandchildren and now lives in Vero Beach with her husband, Dan. They share a love of tennis and music, and sing in our church choir, the Vero Beach Choral Society, the Yale Alumni Chorus and the Greenwich Choral Society.
She says, “I’ve been blessed and called to serve God, and without any planning nor inkling that this is where my life would end up. I marvel at how each career step moved me down this inevitable path to my destiny.” O Lord, you have searched me and known me. (See Psalm 139) She looks forward to sharing the paths to our destiny as well.