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.”