Holly Hartman Moves to Everett Chruch

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Reverend Holly H. Hartman

On Sunday, August 30, Christ Church Needham said farewell to its deacon, the Reverend Holly H. Hartman, who has been called to serve as deacon at Grace Church in Everett.

Holly has been an important figure at Christ Church for five years. She has made many contributions as a deacon-in-training, and since her ordination in 2012, as our vocational deacon. During her training, she served for a year as an intern at the church and another as a secular intern at Circle of Hope. She has been active in many other facets of Christ Church, as well, including the Sunday liturgy and the parish partnership with St. Luc’s Church in Lazil, Haiti.

In addition, Holly has served as diocesan deacon for Global Ministries Partnerships, providing support and training to parishes in the diocese that wish to pursue or strengthen mission programs in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Jerusalem and Palestine. Before her time at Christ Church, Holly worked as children’s ministries coordinator at St. Paul’s Church, Dedham. She and her family are longtime activists in HOPEH, a non-profit that supports educational and public health programs in Haiti.

indexGrace Church serves a diverse community, including the South Sudanese and Haitians of Everett. It holds services in English, French, Haitian Creole and Dinka (the language of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation).

“We will miss Holly’s kind and generous spirit; her sense of humor; her gentle reminders from the pulpit about stretching ourselves to care for the poor, dispossessed, and excluded; and her dedication to living out the Gospel with faithfulness and humility,” said Christ Church Pastor Nick Morris-Kliment. “We have been very fortunate to have the role of deacon continuously present in our liturgy, as well. We wish her Godspeed, and know that she will be a rich blessing to the ministries of Grace Church, Everett.”

In her farewell letter to the Christ Church parish, Holly said, “Don’t ever forget to continue to bring the needs of the world into the church and the church (you) out into the world to strive to meet those needs.”

In the conclusion of her letter, Holly penned the words she often pronounced at the end of Christ Church services: “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord … Alleluia, Alleluia.”