Rev. John M.M. Holyer
Reverend Holyer is married to his wonderful wife, Miranda, and together they have been blessed with a daughter, Greta. In addition being a husband, a father and serving as a pastor, he enjoys healthy debate, sarcasm, using power tools, reading, watching movies, sports (sometimes playing, mostly watching these days), and the occasional good beer.
Reverend Holyer was born in Charlottesville, VA in 1979 and grew up all across the South. His journey to becoming a pastor began in college, earning a BA in philosophy at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, in May of 2001. He then moved on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, earning an MDiv and certification for the Office of Holy Ministry in May 2006.
He spent a year-long vicarage (internship) at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin, NY. On November 12th, 2006, he was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon, OH, serving there until December of 2014. On December 20, 2014, he was installed as the sole pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, here in Lansing, IL.
Reverend Holyer has two middle names – Michael and Milford
Reverend Holyer and Miranda (from Indianapolis) actually met in Cambridge, England while they were studying abroad.
Reverend Holyer has dabbled in brewing his own beer following in the footsteps of many great churchmen before him.
His favorite quote: [said of God] “For Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.” – St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (Book One, part I)
His favorite verse: Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10) Regarding this verse, Pastor Holyer said, “This is the verse that I chose at my confirmation at age 14. I believe I was captivated by the Christian martyrs who paid the ultimate price, dying for their faith. As I’ve gotten older, I gained a much deeper appreciation for the daily sacrifices we are called to make for our faith and for all those we are called by Christ to love. Though we do not die for our faith, we are still called to submit our lives to Christ. For me that meant serving as a pastor.”
I have been married to my husband JP for 19 years and we have lived in Lansing our entire married life. We have 2 teenagers – Molly and Jack. I am presently working at Trinity Lutheran Church here in Lansing and I love my job! I have been there for 2 years now and nothing is more satisfying than going to work each day and knowing that you are making a difference, not only for Trinity, but for the Village of Lansing. So much of my job is helping others…whether it is answering the phone, offering an ear to listen, typing up Sunday services, or offering assistance to a person in need.
In my personal time, I’m a very active parishioner at St. Ann Catholic Church. Yes…that’s right! The Catholic working at the Lutheran Church. I love it! I used to get to get teased…. on both sides…. but not so much anymore. Working at Trinity and being a parishioner of St. Ann’s is so rewarding. I have had the opportunity to bring both Churches together on several occasions and open it up to the entire community. These occasions to bring churches, their friends and families, and a village as diverse as Lansing together is something I plan on pursuing. Nothing is greater than leaving a lasting impact on our entire Community! This is what I want to be a part of…. A village that comes together to help others.
I enjoy volunteering. Being a resident of Lansing makes that easy! Whether I’m at St. Ann’s, Trinity, up at the complex for Lansing Little League or Girls’ Softball, or part of other fundraisers or special events in our Village, I enjoy working with great friends and hope to continue to make new ones!