Dr. Deborah S. Holloway
Dr. Deborah S. Holloway
Rev. Dr. Deborah S. Holloway is an impactful pastor, scholar, educator, mentor, and counselor, who is a catalyst for positive change. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she is the youngest of four children born to the late Mr. Lee Roy Holloway and Mrs. Maudie Holloway-Mitchell. It has been said that Dr. Holloway is a born nurturer. Her passions include helping people in crises, preaching, teaching, and authentic Christian service.
Dr. Holloway received her formative education in the Atlanta Public School System. Upon graduating from North Fulton High School in 1981, she attended West Georgia College and Dekalb Junior College.
She graduated from Massey Business College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1984. After enrolling in Beulah Heights Bible College in 1996, she realized and accepted her call to preach the gospel and graduated Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts Degree.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Education, graduating Cum Laude in 2000. On May 8, 2004, she graduated with honors from the Interdenominational Theological Center receiving a Master of Divinity Degree, with a concentration in Pastoral Care/Counseling. Dr. Holloway was inducted into Theta Phi National Honor Society in the Spring of 2008.
She graduated from the Interdenominational Theological Center on May 2, 2009, with honors, earning a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a Specialty in Pastoral Counseling.
Dr. Holloway served on staff at Central United Methodist Church in 2004 and as the Assistant Pastor from August 2006 through July 2010. It was during this time that she became involved with the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.
Dr. Holloway subsequently served as the Senior Pastor of St. Mary United Methodist Church in Hogansville, Georgia from June 2010 through 2013, as a Provisional Elder under appointment at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, in the Rome-Carrollton District; as the Senior Pastor from June 2013- June 2016; as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem and St. Luke United Methodist Church a two-point charge from 2016-2017; and as the Senior Pastor of Warren Temple United Methodist Church in LaGrange, Georgia from June 2017 to June 2020 and Headland Heights United Methodist Church, she is now proudly serving as the Senior Pastor at Ousley United Methodist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia.
A community activist, Dr. Holloway has served as a mentor for young girls through the Interdenominational Theological Center. She was chosen to be a leadership Fellow in the Black Women in Church and Society for 2009-2010 and served as a member of the Older Adult Ministry of Connectional Ministries of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She also served as the President of the Troup County Chapter of NAACP from 2018-2019; and served on the Housing and Homeless Council of the North Georgia Annual Conference, she currently serves on the Equitable Compensation Committee and Black Methodist Church Renewal, as the advocacy chair; all the United Methodist Church. Dr. Holloway is a member of the esteemed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Holloway is grateful to God for all the opportunities and blessings He has afforded her over the years. She knows that God is a God of restoration. Therefore, she lives by the scripture that says,
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
As a servant of God, she strives to share this empowering insight with others.
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