The Chapel is now closed for the 2023 Season!
The Chapel is now closed for the 2023 Season!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Dr. Charles D. Bang to join us at this week’s Sunday Service.
Rev. Dr. Charles D. Bang, Retired
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Charlie Bang is a retired Lutheran (ELCA) pastor living with his wife, Debby, in Seneca Falls, NY.
He retired from full time ministry in 2018, but since has been called to serve (part-time) at Zion Lutheran Church in Geneva, NY and St. John's Lutheran Church in Potter, NY (Penn Yan).
Pastor Bang has served churches in San Francisco, Liverpool, Buffalo, and Virginia. "I loved my time at Holloway Memorial Chapel and send warmest regards to all.
Thank you so much Rev. Charlie Bang!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Venerable Dr. John Course to join us at this week’s Sunday Service.
Venerable Dr. John Course
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Fonthill, Ontario.
The Venerable Dr. John Course is in his forty-second year of ordained ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Niagara where he has served as rector in four of its parishes.
He has a PhD in Ancient Near-Eastern Language and Literature and has taught the introductory course to the Old Testament at Trinity College, Toronto.
He is currently the Archdeacon of Brock and rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Fonthill, Ontario on a part-time basis.
His outside interests include downhill skiing, golf, and woodworking.
Thank you so much Dr. John Course!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Dr. Ray Schooler to join us at this week’s Sunday Service.
Rev. Dr. Ray Schooler, D. Min.
American Baptist International Ministries, King of Prussia, PA
Rev. Ray was born and raised in Texas, but ministry has provided opportunities to live and serve in several different places. He has served in local church ministry in several capacities including, Senior Pastor. Ray has served on the American Baptist Churches (USA), and as President of the Board of International Ministries (IM). It was in this role with IM that he discovered a passion for Global Missions.
In 2007 he went on staff with IM as the Sr. Dir. of Donor Development and Church Relations. In this role he travels a great deal and that has allowed him to visit all over the US and several International Countries, mostly Third World or Developing countries, where the International Ministries Missionaries are serving.
Ray has been a guest speaker at Holloway Chapel for several years and always enjoys the “Holloway Experience” and especially the fine folks who make up this unique gathering.
Ray and his wife (Gail) live in Buffalo (Lancaster), NY and have five adult sons, two daughter-in-laws and three grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf and manages to squeeze in a few rounds in between his trips and enjoys volunteering at Roswell Park with the Spiritual Care Department.
Thank you so much Rev. Ray Schooler!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Cannon Gordon Kinkley to join us at this week’s Sunday Service.
Rev. Cannon Gord Kinkley, M.A., M.Div., St. John's Anglican Church and, Cannon of Christ Church Cathedral, Diocese of Niagara, Ontario.
Father Gord is a retired Anglican priest in the Diocese of Niagara. He retired from active ministry in the spring of 2013 and, has now been in Holy Orders for fifty-two (52) years.
Formerly, he was the rector of St. John's Anglican Church in St. Catherines, Ontario, for thirty-five (35) years.
He was ordered Deacon 52 years ago and raised to the priesthood 51 years ago. Canon Kinkley received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Ottawa and his Licentiate in Theology and Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto.
He has done additional studies at Harvard University and on two occasions studied at St. George's College in East Jerusalem.
Over the years, Canon Kinkley has travelled extensively including 13 visits to the Holy Land.
Canon Kinkley is married and has three adult children.
Thank you so much Father Gord.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Brian Rotach to join us at this week’s Sunday Service.
Rev. Brian Rotach, received a Master of Divinity Degree, at Howard University, Washington DC. He is a retired Pastor of Seneca Street United Methodist Church, a mission church to the challenged Seneca-Babcock neighborhood of Buffalo.
When jobs left during the rust belt era (and with it many people), the congregation at Seneca Street United Methodist Church went from several 100 people in size to about a dozen.
In 1994, Rev. Brian and his wife, Cheryl Bird, were sent to close this church. They soon realized how disastrous that would be for one of the poorest neighborhoods Buffalo.
Together, Rev. Brian and Cheryl somehow managed to keep it open for the children. Because the community surrounding it could not sustain its finances, they fortunately adopted it. They paid the heating bills and have funded a lot of renovations. They also funded the summer reading camp. In addition, the church helps to run the after school tutoring program.
Brian and Cheryl dedicated their lives in creating an organization so kids could get free lunches and access public funding using the church building. And, they enlisted other churches in the area to help support the church so it stayed open.
"Nothing we do here is for the church," Rotach said, explaining that all of the programs run by the church are for the benefit of the children in what he describes as "one of the poorest neighborhoods in Buffalo."
"We keep this building open because the neighborhood needs a church. Nothing else is left here," said Rotach, who also has served as pastor of Woodside United Methodist Church in South Buffalo.
The effort of such a poor congregation to fill such a big gap in a truly needy neighborhood is surely immense.
29 years later, it is still open and has seen solid results in the community it serves.
Thank you so much Rev. Brian Rotach!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Dr. Todd Leach to join us at this week's Sunday Service.
Rev. Dr. Todd E. Leach currently serves as Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church • Buffalo, NY.
Rev. Leach was ordained in 2007, and previously served as Associate Pastor for Missions at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
During his thirteen-year tenure, he successfully built and implemented their mission program with a focus on sending members into the community where, in his words, “God’s kingdom is actively breaking into the world.”
Previously, he taught science in the Columbus Public Schools (Ohio), served as Executive Director of the Delaware County Housing Coalition (Pennsylvania), and was Director of Mission and Deacon Ministries at Media Presbyterian Church (suburban Philadelphia).
He has also led numerous rural, urban, national, and international mission initiatives.
Rev. Leach brings a wealth of diverse educational and career experiences to Westminster. He holds a Doctor of Ministry in Public Theology from Drew Theological School, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University.
Rev. Leach, his wife, Linda, and their teenage daughters, Nadia, Jean and Vinodhini Grace (Dhini), are excited to be a part of the Western New York community..
Thank you so much Rev. Todd Leach!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Richard (Duke) Zajac to join us at this week's Sunday Service.
Richard E. Zajac, known in many circles as “Fr. Duke” has been a staff chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo for the past 39 years.
He is presently serving on many Boards and Committees throughout the community including Catholic Medical Partners, Town of Amherst Meals on Wheels, Seminary Alumni Association, as well as the Perinatal Bereavement Network.
He has chaired or co-chaired the Sister’s Hospital Ethics Committee since its inception in 1984, and serves on the Ethics Committee for the Catholic Health Care System of Western New York.
He served on the National Advisory Council of the National Association of Catholic Bishops, and served as the Chairman of the Board of the Life Transition Center as well as the South Buffalo Community Development Association.
He served on the Boards of the Upstate New York Transplant Services, Baker Victory Services, Bishop Timon High School, WNY Peace Center, Catholic Health System’s Corporate Members Board, Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries (BAMM), Sister’s Hospital Credit Union as well as the American Cancer Society.
He has also served 7 terms on the Priests’ Council of the Diocese of Buffalo, 2 terms on the Priests’ Personnel Board and 3 terms on the Priests’ Council of New York State.
In his spare time, he has authored four books: Life Injections I , II , III & IV, and is presently writing a book on preaching at funerals for priests, ministers, and deacons. He enjoys reading, smoking a good cigar and baseball for which he’s been an officer of the Parochial Baseball League since 1969 and was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Thank you so much Rev. Duke Zajac!
This Sunday’s Worship Service was to be conducted by the Rev. Ryan Keating, Parochial Vicar, St. Mary Church, Swormville, NY.
Regrettably, Fr. Ryan had to cancel his visit to Holloway Memorial Chapel this weekend.
We are continuing with our Sunday Worship Service as planned, sans Rev. Keating. Fr. Ryan has graciously provided his prepared ‘Homily’ to share with us.
We look forward to carrying on the spirit of inter-denominational worship through praise, proclamation, music sharing and teaching. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.
Best wishes to Fr. Ryan and his future engagement at the Chapel.
Following is Fr. Ryan’s biography:
Rev. Ryan Keating, Parochial Vicar, St. Mary Church, Swormville, N.Y.
Fr. Ryan was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 6, 2021.
Before graduating from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., with a master's in divinity, Ryan was an elementary and middle school teacher for ten years.
“I always liked school. I always liked the school environment and learning, so I thought that I would try teaching,” he said.
As a 2001 ‘Teach For America’ corps member, Ryan served in Phoenix, A.Z., at a K-8 public school teaching mostly a Latino population. He loved the job, particularly its broad ability to affect people's lives through private mentorship and public presentations.
A local of Buffalo, N.Y., and graduate of Nichols School, Hobart College, and Arizona State University, Ryan developed a late vocation to serve in ministry as a priest, after working in education.
A decade into his teaching career, Ryan started looking at what would fill his soul. He saw deep parallels in the job he loved, teaching, and the priestly vocation to which he aspired.
His interest and experience in ministry are in hospitals, prisons, parish life, and leading bible studies and faith sharing with youth and adults.
As a Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary Church, he looks forward to proclaim the Gospel and give reflections on the Gospel.
“I’m also really looking forward to accompanying people in the good times and the challenges of their lives, getting to know as many people as I can. Also, I hope to do some outreach in the community, to people who are less fortunate – those who live in poverty or are incarcerated or sick.”
"I'm just a regular guy, but I feel that God has a plan for me. My big thing is trying to connect with people and share my faith and personal belief in Christ with others," Keating said.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending it in the outdoors, canoeing, playing tennis, and skiing in Ellicottville, N.Y.
Thank you so much Rev. Ryan Keating!
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Congregation Shir Shalom, Williamsville, NY.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein to join us at this week's Sunday Service.
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein came to Buffalo in the Fall of 2008 to serve as the rabbi of Temple Sinai, now called Congregation Shir Shalom. He brings warmth, creativity, and compassion to the role of synagogue rabbi. A trained chaplain and gifted teacher, he is actively engaged in all aspects of communal life, from helping people with their everyday struggles, to intricate details of synagogue governance.
Rabbi Alex is a respected leader in the Buffalo area, serving on many local boards including: the Buffalo Board of Rabbis, the Network of Religious Communities, Jewish Family Services, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Community Center, and the Coalition of Economic Justice. He has served as president of the Network of Religious Communities. He is also on the national board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association out of Wyncote, Pennsylvania. He works with leaders of all faiths, to improve the quality of life in Western New York and beyond.
A 2004 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College he also holds Masters and Bachelor Degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelors degree from Columbia University. Before coming to Buffalo he served as rabbi of Temple B´nai Abraham in Bordentown, New Jersey, and directed the Community Partnership Program for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
He currently resides in Amherst, with his wife Ashirah, and three young children, Jarah, Boaz, and Noam.
Thank you so much Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein!
Rev. Thomas Broad, Retired, Grace Episcopal Church, Randolph, NY.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Thomas Broad to join us at this week's Sunday Service.
Grace Episcopal Church Rev. Thomas Broad has been serving his congregation for twelve (12) years until his recent retirement in July 2020. He received is Masters of Divinity degree conferred by the General Theological Seminary (GTS) in New York City and has served in the Diocese of WNY as a member or chair of many commissions.
Since his retirement, Tom has served as Vicar and Chaplin of the Chapel at the Chautauqua Institution during 2021. He currently attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, NY where he occasionally presides.
Tom was born and raised in Western New York. He and his wife Sue do not have any children however, are blessed with many nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
Previous to Tom’s spiritual endeavors, he had a background in science and engineering, having received a Bachelor’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He then worked for twenty five (25) years as Systems Engineer at various companies in the Buffalo area.
Tom has always enjoyed being in the outdoors. Currently he is becoming re-engaged in High Power Amateur Rocketry and is committed to his annual “pilgrimage” to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the largest aviation show on earth.
Thank you so much Rev. Tom and, Best Wishes in your retirement!
Rev. Buddy Hubbard, Retired, First Presbyterian Church, East Aurora, NY.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Buddy Hubbard to join us at this week's Sunday Service.
First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora Pastor Dr. Langdon Hubbard has been serving his congregation for over 20 years now. Because of the many outreach programs initiated by this forward-thinking minister, Pastor Buddy – as he affectionately is known by nearly everybody in his church – clearly has been on the cutting edge of progressive social ideology since the beginning of the 21st century.
As a result, it has thrust his ministry into the forefront of advanced thinking of church dogma – especially as it pertains to the youth of the church that he ministered to on a daily basis.
“Joining with others for the prior 19 years now, I’ve been helping to lead – with our youth leaders and sometimes paid staff – our out-of-district Mission trips that travel to various sites where we are very much needed,” Pastor Buddy said. “We’ve gone all over the world.”
Mission is a socially intensive outreach initiative designed primarily for high school freshmen and college students. It finds these young people traveling to distant places throughout the world, seeking to help relieve the anguish and heartache felt by those who have fallen upon hard times caused by natural disasters or other such calamities brought upon through no fault of their own. It is based on a four year cycle, where the first year is a local destination then an out trip, most likely within the state, the second year would take place about 10 hours away, the third year is a flight to another region in the country and the final year is meant to highlight a global experience.
All in all, Pastor Buddy surmises that in the 19 years that he has organized the trips, he has taken almost 160 young men and women on various sojourns designed to improve the social welfare of humankind.
Pastor Buddy has been happily married to the former Jan McGuckin. Jan is also an ordained minister herself, currently serving her ministry as a vested Methodist minister serving the United Methodist Church congregations in Western New York.
Together, the Hubbard’s have two grown children, Bethany and Daniel.
In May, 2016, Pastor Buddy received his doctorate in ministry from the Louisville Theological Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.
Running is now a lifetime hobby of Pastor Buddy. He finished his first marathon when he was 50-years-old, running in the Buffalo marathon. He has completed seven and is planning an eighth in the near future. Another goal is to run a half or full marathon in each state. He is up to 18 states at this time.
Two other outreach programs that Langdon’s church has immersed itself and his congregation in involves developmentally disabled adults and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LBGT) communities in Western New York.
As you may know, Pastor Buddy recently retired in February of 2022. Best Wishes Buddy in your retirement.
Thank you so much Pastor Buddy!
Rev. Tom Yorty, Retired
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rev. Tom Yorty to our Opening Sunday Service and Father's Day, as we return to in-person Sunday Worship Services.
Tom Yorty came to Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1998 following pastorates in Easton, PA and Williamsville, NY.
During Tom's pastorate at Westminster, the congregation has continued its historic role as a leader in mission to the city, social justice, and worship and music ministries.
In 2005, the Church launched the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, which provides business coaching and loans to Buffalo’s growing immigrant community as well as an English language learner after school program for K-8 children. Westminster's Early Childhood Programs is a leader in early childhood development in Western New York. Westminster works in solidarity with Muslim and Jewish communities to provide education and outreach.
Tom grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Muskingum College, Yale Divinity School, and Drew University (PhD, 19th Century Studies), and has served on the board of Auburn Theological Seminary, NYC since 2003.
He and his wife, Carol, have two adult sons and a Labrador retriever. Tom enjoys writing poetry, riding his bike, and playing with his granddaughter.
As you may know, Tom retired from Westminster Presbyterian Church, in June of 2021. Best Wishes Tom in your retirement.
Thank you so much Rev. Tom!