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Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland
Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland is a third generation United Methodist pastor. Mark has served in the Kansas East/Great Plains Conferences since 1994. For the past 19 years, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Community Church, a United Methodist Congregation in Kansas City, Kansas.
Mark has demonstrated leadership in consensus building within the United Methodist Church. He has served as an alternate or delegate to each South Central Jurisdictional Conference and each General Conference since 2000. At the 2016 General Conference, in the midst of another bitter division around human sexuality, Mark made the motion on the floor asking the Council of Bishops to come back with a plan to build consensus in the church. That plan as become The One Church Model.
The United Methodist Church has engaged in forty years of contentious struggle around human sexuality with no resolution. The 2016 General Conference voted for a new path, tabled legislation related to human sexuality and asked the Council of Bishops to come up with a plan. The Bishops agreed and engaged in an unprecedented two year, global discernment process. They formed The Way Forward Commission and received their three proposals. Nearly 2/3 of the Bishops have now recommended the One Church Plan for approval to the 2019 Special Session in the General Conference in St. Louis.
Mainstream UMC has been formed to fund, staff, and organize a global campaign to pass the bishops’ proposal and to prepare contingency plans leading up to the 2020 General conference. Multiple established advocacy groups, including Good News, Confessing Movement, Wesleyan Covenant Association, and the Institute for Religion and Democracy, are actively organizing and raising money to defeat the One Church Plan. They have all publicly pledged to bring counter petitions. If we do not get behind the Bishops’ well-considered proposal, we will be left with a proposal from the margins that is sure to divide the United Methodist Church. Mainstream UMC represents a broad coalition, both left and right of center. We believe the vast majority of United Methodists want the church to stay together.
Mark served six years as an elected Commissioner and four years as the elected Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. While in office he received numerous awards and recognitions. Mark graduated with a BA and a BS from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. He has an M.Div from Iliff School of Theology and a D.Min from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He and Julie, his wife of 21 years, have four children, Daniel, Gabriel, Luke, and Esther. Mark is passionate about the church and very experienced in leading good process through complex, highly charged issues.