The Chapel will commence our 2023 Worship Services on Sunday, June 18th!
The Chapel will commence our 2023 Worship Services on Sunday, June 18th!
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.
Rev. Thomas Broad, Retired, Grace Episcopal Church, Randolph, NY.
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.
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.
Rev. Cathy Dempesy-Sims
Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York
The Rev. Cathy Dempesy-Sims serves as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York. That means she is the Bishop’s primary clergy assistant. Ordained as a priest in 2008, Canon Cathy has served as a priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Buffalo and the Church of the Ascension in Buffalo. In 2015, Bishop Bill Franklin called her to the Canon position, which she has continued under the present Bishop, Sean Rowe.
The priesthood is a second career for Cathy, having spent 20 years as a psychotherapist specializing in mental health and addiction issues in mothers and their drug-affected children. The Women’s Program she developed has been replicated across the State of Illinois. A native of Chicago and central Wisconsin, Cathy is a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Green Bay Packers, as well as the Bills and the Sabres. Pray for her sport fan soul!
A widow, she lives in Western New York with her two rescue dogs.
Rev. Dr. Skip Ferguson, retired, Presbyterian Church USA, Buffalo, NY
Rev. Dr. Skip Ferguson is an Honorably Retired minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Prior to his retirement, he pastored churches in Northern Virginia and the Hudson River Valley and, also served as a hospital chaplain. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained by the Presbytery of New York City.
Most recently, he served as Transitional Pastor at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. He has also guest preached at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kenmore Presbyterian Church and, Lafayette Presbyterian Church. In 2019 he was Interim Executive Director of the Graycliff Conservancy.
He began his career practicing law, first in Chicago and then in Buffalo, before shifting to the business world, where he ran Alpine Sports, worked as an international consultant and, as Editor of Management and Finance publications at the Economist Group in New York City. He earned his BA from St. Lawrence University, MBA from the Wharton School and, his law degree from Cornell Law School.
He also was a contributing editor for Knowledge@Wharton for 7 years, focusing on leadership and organizational transformation; edited two series in the Financial Times (one on Finance, the other on Marketing); and have written articles for The Christian Century and Presbyterian Outlook.
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Harvey, Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville
Dr. Harvey has invited the Friends of the Holloway Memorial Chapel to participate in Calvary's home service as follows: "To our dear friends at Holloway Memorial Chapel we welcome you this day. Since we are not able to gather for in-person worship due to the COVID-19 virus we hope you will join us this Sunday, July 11th for our virtual service. I was very much looking forward to being your guest preacher this Sunday at the Chapel and would like to invite you to participate in the Morning Prayer Service from my Church. Sunday's service will be broadcast live on the Calvary Episcopal Church website.
Rev. Buddy Hubbard, Retired, First Presbyterian Church, East Aurora, NY.
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.
Rev. Jan Hubbard, Retired, United Methodist Church, East Buffalo, NY.
Rev. Jan Hubbard is a retired United Methodist Elder who has served the United Methodist Church congregations in Western New York for 30 plus years.
In addition to serving in various parishes around Western New York, she has also worked as an Intentional Interim Pastor and served most recently at St. James United Church of Christ in Hamburg, NY.
Jan is happily married to her husband, Pastor Dr. Langdon (Buddy) Hubbard who has been serving his own congregation, the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora for over 20 years now.
Together, the Hubbard’s have two grown children, Bethany and Daniel.
In retirement, Jan uses her Licensed Master Social Worker Degree (LMSW) with the Samaritan Counseling Center to help those struggling with grief, mental health and marital relational issues.
She loves being retired and able to spend time caring for her two grandchildren, Zoey and Jack and, golfing with husband, Pastor Buddy, though she wishes she could keep the ball out of the sand traps.
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.
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.
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Congregation Shir Shalom, Williamsville, NY.
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.
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..
Rev. Jan Mahle
East Aurora Christian Church, East Aurora, NY.
The Rev. Jan Mahle is currently serving as pastor of the East Aurora Christian Church. Prior to being called as pastor, she served as a Campus Minister at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. for 20 years. She retired from that position in January 2020.
While serving at D'Youville, she was the transition pastor for a number of congregations. You might say she is a Church Woman United because she has served various congregations to include the United Church of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist faiths. As an aside, she considers herself to be a "cultural Catholic".
She graduated from Hiram College, attended Vanderbilt Divinity School and completed her Masters of Divinity at Methodist Theological School in Columbus, OH. She was ordained in 1982 although she had been serving as an Associate Pastor since 1977.
Jan met her husband Marvyn while at college. They have been married 44 years. They have 2 wonderful adult children plus a great son-in-law and 2 fabulous granddaughters.
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Perelli
St. Joseph’s University Parish
Dear Friends of the Chapel:
Rev. Dr. Robert J., CJM entered into rest on August 2, 2022.
Father Bob was a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Eudist Fathers who was ordained in 1976.
Father Bob served as the weekend priest at St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo, New York for over 25 years, where he was known as a fascinating and memorable preacher.
Father Bob was the Founder and CEO of The Center for Family Systems Theory, offering consulting services to family-owned businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and communities of faith focused on the understanding of functional and human relationships.
He was also the Founder and President of the former AIDS Family Services, a leader in providing counseling services and pastoral care to people with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
A gifted educator, Father Bob was the former Vice President for Mission Integration at D’Youville College and served as the Campus Minister at D’Youville College and Nardin Academy for many years.
Father Bob had a deep commitment to volunteer work locally and abroad, having counseled families of children affected by cancer for many years, participating in extended mission trips to developing countries, and most recently finding a new passion volunteering at a local soup kitchen.
Father Bob was an integral part of the Holloway Memorial Chapel community for many years. He was one of our favorite speakers at our Sunday Worship Services and a Dear Friend. He will be sadly missed.
Father Bob's familiar Benediction follows:
May the earth and all her beauty
awaken the wonder of the child within you.
May you know the meaning of play
and not be embarrassed to have a good time.
May your feet want to dance
much more than they want to march.
May your smile be contagious and come full circle.
May your laughter echo long after you leave the room.
May your tears make it easier for others to cry.
May you find home and friends
where ever God asks you to be.
May your experiences teach others
almost as much as they taught you.
May you live in peace because you live peacefully.
May your friends double your joy and divide your sorrow.
And may the blessings of a generous God inspire you to do the
best you can but no more.
Sr. Denise A. Roche
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Sister Denise Roche, a Buffalo native, has been an invited speaker at the Holloway Memorial Chapel for several years.
She is the retired President of D’Youville College, in Buffalo, having served from 1979 to 2017.
After retirement, she wasn’t idle very long and took on the position of the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).
Currently, she shares her time as the President of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Buffalo and in Philadelphia.
Other interests include being a member of the Erie County Industrial Development Authority and a Board member of the WNED Foundation.
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.
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.
Rev. Tom Yorty, Retired Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY.
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.
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.
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