[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN RECOGNITION OF REV. JIM HOLLEY FOR HIS CAREER AS A PASTOR AND
HON. DEBBIE DINGELL
in the house of representatives
Monday, July 10, 2017
Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Rev. Jim Holley
of the Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church. For 45 years,
Rev. Holley has been a tireless advocate on behalf of Detroit as a
faith leader and community activist.
After receiving theological training at the Chicago Theological
Seminary, Rev. Holley began his career as a pastor at the Little Rock
Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. During his time with the church,
Rev. Holley has distinguished himself as a key member of the greater
Detroit community who understands the spiritual needs and concerns of
the city and its residents. His service in church leadership roles,
including President of the Council of the Baptist Pastors, speaks to
his dedication to the congregation and the well-being of the city at
large. Rev. Holley has also been involved in the business community,
working with local real estate organizations and founding an
advertising agency to empower Detroit's residents and create jobs. In
addition to these duties, Rev. Holley also served as the City of
Detroit's Director of Community and Civic Affairs during Mayor Duggan's
administration, where he was a liaison between the mayor's office and
the Detroit community at large.
Rev. Holley has played a critical role in helping to create a vibrant
Detroit through his work as a pastor, businessman, and public official.
As a result of his work with city leaders and stakeholders, the city
has been able to address the needs of its residents through its blight
reduction and jobs programs. Additionally, Rev. Holley's deep
relationships in the community and firsthand knowledge of Detroit's
needs have been key to helping drive action to address issues facing
the city. He has been a true leader both in the church and the
community, and it is my hope that the City of Detroit continues to
build on his work in the coming years.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Rev. Jim
Holley for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Detroit. Rev. Holley
has been a dedicated leader in the city while advocating for economic
development and empowerment of its residents.