“Pastor Mike” has been minister at Church of the Foothills UCC & DOC in Santa Ana since 1997. Church of the Foothills is a progressive, Open and Affirming, peace and justice loving congregation that welcomes and affirms people of every ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, different ability, economic status or religious background. Dr. Holland also has taught classes in religious studies and philosophy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa since 1995. He actively participates in Progressive Christians Uniting Orange County, The Clergy Task Force of Planned Parenthood, Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, the LGBT Ecumenical Council of Orange County, and the Interfaith Council of Central Orange County. As a founding member of the Southern California Global Ministries Committee UCC & DOC, he has helped lead educational, interfaith and peace mission trips to Greece and Turkey, China, Nicaragua, Cuba, Jordan, Japan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Dr. Holland is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator for individuals, couples and groups.
Pastor Mike and his wife Tricia live in Cypress and have two grown sons. His passions include golf, biking, travel, history, reading and healthy spiritual living. A “Son of the South,” Pastor Mike has family roots in North Carolina predating the Declaration of Independence. He was raised as a Southern Baptist, a Democrat, and an Air Force brat, living in ten states the first fourteen years of his life. He graduated with an AA degree in 1976 from the University of South Florida in Tampa, a BA in religious studies in 1978 from Stetson University, DeLand Florida, and a Master of Divinity in 1981 and Doctor of Ministry in 1988 from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has also done extensive continuing education at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley; School of Theology at Claremont; and the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, CA. Pastor Mike is a member of Westar, Jesus Seminar.
From 1976 to 1991, Pastor Mike served Baptist churches in Indiana and Florida. He was granted ministerial standing with the United Church of Christ in 1991 and called as pastor of Faith UCC in Garden Grove, California. He now has ministerial standing with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.
Pastor Mike loves to preach, teach, and minister to individuals and families. He also is a community activist with a passion for social justice for all people. In June 2008, he performed one of the first legal same-sex marriage ceremonies in an Orange County church, which was featured prominently in the Orange County Register. A leading opponent of Proposition 8, Dr. Holland was interviewed by NBC LA Channel 4 and other news outlets, and was voted by readers of the OC Weekly as Orange Country’s Best Political Pastor. Dr. Holland also participated in two documentary films in support of the GLBTQI community. Church of the Foothills is host to TG Rainbow, a support group for Transgender people.
Pastor Mike may be reached for counsel or questions at 714-423-0182.