Updated Arrangements for Holland Memorial
Although Dr. John Holland’s memorial service was originally scheduled to be held in Angelus Temple, new information has made it advisable to change the location. Not surprising to any who knew Dr. Holland, large numbers are expected to attend the memorial service, and there is limited parking available at Angelus Temple.
Therefore, the location of the service has been changed to The Church on the Way, West Campus. The date and time remain the same: Saturday, October 13, at 1:00 p.m. The address and telephone number of the church are listed below:
The Church on the Way
14800 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Information Regarding Dr. Holland’s Home-Going
Late in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 2, 2007, Dr. John R. Holland entered into the presence of the Lord. He had been ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Dr. Holland is survived by his wife, Doris; their four children, Bradley, Johnnea, Barton and JoAnna; and several grandchildren.
Dr. Holland was born and reared in Texas and was converted in the Foursquare church in Hamlin, Texas. Following his graduation from high school, he traveled to Los Angeles to attend Life Pacific College (formerly called LIFE Bible College). While in college he met and married Doris Hines, and, after their graduation from Bible college in 1953, they began their ministry, which would span more than five decades.
For 11 years the Hollands pastored Foursquare churches in Idaho, Washington and Oregon; they moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where they pastored the Kingsway church for 10 years. During that period, Dr. Holland also served for five years as the district supervisor of Western Canada. In 1974 the Hollands returned to Los Angeles and assumed the pastorate of Angelus Temple. Following two years in that position, Dr. Holland became the supervisor of the Southwest District, a role he continued until his selection as president of The Foursquare Church in 1988.
Dr. Holland was the third president of The Foursquare Church, and he served in that role for nine years. He followed Dr. Rolf K. McPherson, who retired after serving for 44 years as president. Having been a pastor for more than two decades, in addition to having served in supervisory roles for more than 15 years, Dr. Holland was uniquely graced with the qualities needed to assume the role of serving as president at that particular time in the life of The Foursquare Church. His keen administrative skills, combined with the heart of a true shepherd, enabled him to lead the church into a period of both expansion and maturity.
After resigning from the presidency in 1997, Dr. Holland remained active in ministry even during “retirement.” In addition to very extensive and successful ministry within The Foursquare Church, the Hollands also had effective ministry in wider sectors of the kingdom, particularly with Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship, Victory Outreach and New Destiny Fellowship.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, at The Church on the Way, West Campus. Cards may be sent to the family at the following address:
Dr. Doris Holland
33920 Bell Road
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
In memory of Dr. John R. Holland, donations may be made to the following:
Praise Chapel Global Harvest
PO Box 1769
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
PO Box 26902
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Please continue to pray for the Holland family during this time of loss.