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Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religious Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black or Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
The Measure Of A Man Is How He Handles His Vicissitudes. (Paraph. fr MLK)

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1943
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religious Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black or Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
The Measure Of A Man Is How He Handles His Vicissitudes. (Paraph. fr MLK)

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1943
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Religious leader Reverend Dr. Jim Holley was born on December 5, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Effie Mae King Holley and Charles James Holley, Sr. Holley graduated with his B.S. degree in 1965 and his M.S. degree in international relations in 1968, both from Tennessee State University. He went on to receive his B.A. and M.Div. degrees in the Old Testament from Chicago Theological Seminary, and then his Ph.D. degree in higher education from Wayne State University in 1978. He later received his D.Min. degree in economic development from Drew University.

On June 9, 1972, Holley became pastor of Detroit, Michigan’s Little Rock Baptist Church. In addition to his role as pastor, he was named president and chief executive officer of Cognos Advertising Agency in 1988, and has served as dean of the Ashland Theological Seminary, police commissioner, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors, and president and chief executive officer of Country Preacher Foods, Inc., the largest minority food distributor in the world. He also went on to establish and chair the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.

As a community leader in Detroit, Holley has acquired the St. Regis Hotel, the Little Rock Pharmacy, the Family Life Center, the Little Rock Health Care Home, a local strip mall, and an education complex for high school dropouts. He is also the author of numerous spiritually-focused books, including the Handbook for Brotherhood Organizations (1990); Manual for Brotherhood Organizations (1990); The Mission, The Minister, The Ministry (1990); A Guide to Successful Preaching & Pastoring (1992); The Drama of Human Suffering (1992); The Buck Stops Here (1994); Jesus, This is Jimmy (1994); The Spirit Speaks: Daily Spiritual Motivation for Successful African Americans (1997); Creating a Can Do Attitude in a Can't Do Atmosphere (2000); and When the Vision is Larger Than the Budget (2006).

Holley has been rated by the Detroit Free Press as one of the top five ministers in Michigan, and was named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News in 1990. He has been recognized by Crain's Business Magazine as one of the foremost voices in Detroit, and was honored at the 2010 Trumpet Awards.

The Reverend Dr. Jim Holley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 24, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes being raised by his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. lists his brothers and sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. considers which parents' disposition he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memories in West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. talks about segregation and poverty in rural West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. talks about racism in West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes race relations in his community in West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. talks about attending Laurel Creek Baptist Church in Wolfe, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. remembers watching Oral Roberts' televangelist program, 'The Abundant Life'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes sights, sounds and smells of his community in West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his experience at Roseville Elementary School in West Virginia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his experience at Roseville Elementary School in West Virginia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his sixth grade experience at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes moving to Mount Pleasant, Tennessee with his aunt and uncle
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes attending Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his experience at Clarke High School in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes how he got to Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. describes his experience as an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr. remembers participating in Nashville, Tennessee civil rights demonstrations