My name is Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland. This blog is entitled “Urban Ecclesiology” because my calling has centered around addressing the challenge of the church in the city. I served as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Community Church, A United Methodist Congregation in Kansas City, Kansas from 1999 to 2018. This is the Kansas City District of the Great Plains Annual Conference. This blog is dedicated to my thoughts about Christian theology, especially as it relates to the nature of the church (ecclesiology) in an urban setting. I do not claim expertise, only passion and faithfulness to the task at hand.
For background, I am a third-generation United Methodist Pastor. I was born at a UM hospital, baptized at London Heights UMC by my father, received my third grade Bible at Grandview UMC, Confirmed at Countryside UMC, and sponsored for ordination by Lenexa UMC. I was president of my local youth group, the Kansas East Conference Council on Youth Ministry, and the Southcentral Jurisdictional Youth Team. I heard my call to ministry as a youth delegate to annual conference–which is weird! I received by BA at Southern Methodist University, my Masters of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology, and my Doctorate at Saint Paul School of Theology. I was ordained in 1994 and I have served Trinity since 1999. I have served as a delegate or alternate to General and Jurisdictional Conference in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and now in 2016. In short, I am very Methodist.
I have also served as an elected official in KCK. I was elected in 2007 and 2011 to the Board of Commissioners, At-Large District 1. I served as Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County from 2013 to 2018. I am currently on voluntary leave of absence from the Great Plains Conference while I discern what is next. I will continue to serve on the Great Plains Delegation in St. Louis in 2019.
My wife Julie Solomon and I have four awesome kids, Daniel, Gabriel, Luke, and Esther.
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Please note: These blog posts are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Methodist Church, Trinity, or my wife. Please don’t blame Julie. Lord knows she has tried to help!