Pastor Court Holloway’s Story

Pastor Court Holloway and his wife, Kara, have four wonderful kids and a beloved rescue dog named Poppy. Pastor Court was raised all over the country as his dad was in sales, but he considers Rochester NY to be his hometown. But since college, he has made his home in New England. Pastor Court talks about his spiritual journey this way: “Way back when my mom prayed with me and led me in the Sinners Prayer. I wanted then as I do now: to spend forever with Jesus. When I was 15, a friend invited me to a youth group event.  I went and I was reintroduced to faith in a fresh way. I was hooked.  I couldn’t get enough of attending and serving. My parents would end up driving me to the church, about 45 minutes roundtrip, 5-6 times a week. So my commitment was enabled by theirs. Boston Bible College is where I went to work on my faith by trying to convince myself intellectually that my faith was in fact a reasonable faith and not just a flash in the pan that I had enjoyed for several years. Four years of personal study through Romans, Hebrews, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and extensive reading from noted apologists, I graduated with a commitment that it was not only reasonable, but this faith would require my life.  It’s also important to note, my first weekend at college I was invited to a little church in New Hampshire by someone who had a car.  A chance to get off campus my first weekend in college?!  Sign me up!  Three weeks before September 11th, 2001, I stepped foot into Granite United Church, and I didn’t look back. Over the next 20 years of my life, I served on staff at Granite.”  

It was at Boston Bible College that Pastor Court met Kara. Kara’s family traveled the northeast and Canada planting church and doing missionary work.  Kara was raised in a pastoral ministry family. They started dating in their sophomore year and were married shortly after college. Pastor Court he has been on staff at Granite United church in Salem NH for over 20 years, most of those years as their Executive Pastor, revamping Youth and Children’s Ministries, being in charge of administrative and operational leadership, developing ministry teams and church campuses, and their strong online church model. Kara was also on staff at Granite as their Worship Leader.

Pastor Court lists his ministry strengths as: The partnership he has with Kara who is a crucial part of their sustained success in ministry, his strong interpersonal and organizational leadership, his proven track record of developing volunteer/paid leaders and creating, building, and empowering teams, his commitment to the community and to studying the Word and improving his skills as a Biblical communicator, his experience in leading teams of people to share the gospel locally and globally and his extensive experience with critical life moments

We are excited to have Pastor Court as our next Senior pastor because he said that Jesus would require his life. Pastor Court didn’t just say that back in college, his whole life in ministry has proven that he lives that. He and his family have given their whole lives to serving Jesus.

Of all the things we heard about Pastor Court and Kara it was this: they love people well. One of the key factors we wanted for the next senior pastor of Messiah was that they would love and care for all of us well and we are sure that this will be the case with Pastor Court and Kara.

Pastor Court is a people person. He is funny and joyful, and he and Kara truly operate from a biblical world view. Along with Kara, they are deeply spiritual, students of the Word and devoted worshippers of God. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” In all they do, the Holloways truly exemplify the greatest commandment of Jesus.

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