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Pastor Hank Hollar


William H. (Hank) Hollar, Jr., was born on January 2, 1952, in Asheville, NC, to William, Sr., and Dorothy Hollar. The eldest of three sons, he was reared in Asheville and was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Asheville). Pastor Hollar attended the University of North Carolina, St. John’s College (Winfield, KS, A.A. in 1973), and Concordia Senior College (Ft. Wayne, IN) from which he was graduated with a B.A. in 1975. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne) in 1979.

Pastor Hollar’s first call came from Holy Cross (Tuscaloosa, AL), where he had served as a vicar. After ordination at Emmanuel, Asheville on June 10, 1979, he was installed at Holy Cross and remained there until he received the call to serve Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlottesville, VA, in 1989. He served Immanuel until he accepted the call to become pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Newport News, VA, in 1992. Active in both the Southern District and the Southeastern District of the LCMS, Pastor Hollar has been chairman of his pastoral circuit, circuit secretary, and Circuit Counselor. He has served on various boards and committees in both Districts. He was a counselor to the Gulf States District of the LWML (Alabama), Zone 2, and the LWML Tidewater Zone (Virginia). He served as a delegate to the 56th Regular Convention of the LCMS (Indianapolis, IN) in 1986.

Pastor Hollar has also been active in the communities in which he and his family have lived, serving on the Boards of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Tuscaloosa, Preserve-A-Life of Tuscaloosa, Temporary Emergency Services (Tuscaloosa) and Alliance for Inter-Faith Ministries (Charlottesville). He was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Child Support Payments, West Alabama Special Olympics, AIDS Coalition for Public Health, and the United Way. He has also cooperated in radio ministries in Tuscaloosa, AL, Charlottesville, VA, and the Virginia Peninsula, and has been active in ministerial associations in all the communities in which he has lived.

Hank Hollar and Rita Ann Hendrix were married on June 9, 1973. Their marriage has been blessed with two sons, Jason, an Athletic Trainer / High School Teacher, and Jeffrey, a Sales Representative. Rita is a trained medical office technician, taught in the Holy Cross (Tuscaloosa) Daycare ministry, and has been a Para-educator in both the Albemarle County Public Schools and the York County Public Schools.

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  • Resurrection Lutheran Church & School
  • 765 J. Clyde Morris Blvd
  • Newport News
  • Virginia , 23601
  • 757-596-5808
  • 757-596-5010

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