Introducing Our New Senior Pastor
With great joy, New Day Church announces the appointment of Tabatha Holley as our Senior Pastor beginning July 1, 2019.
Our Pastoral Search Team interviewed a variety of gifted candidates and then invited 3 excellent finalists to preach a ten minute sermon and interact with congregation members on May 5, 2019. Through that process, Tabatha Holley emerged as the one we believe is called to this ministry at this moment in history. We have been inspired by the Holy Spirit moving in her on May 5th, in her appointment as our next pastor, and continuing to the present as we prepare for this leadership transition.
Tabatha identifies herself as a third generation preacher, radical educator, and organizer committed to establishing God's kin-dom on Earth through prophetic preaching, inclusive worship, wholistic pastoral/soul care, and transformative religious education.
Originally from Dawson, Georgia, Tabatha graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Women’s Studies.
While at Spelman, she also served as the Campaign Manager for Rev. Ezekiel Holley’s bid to be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. She managed a campaign team consisting of residents in nine southern Georgia counties and established weekly town hall meetings to discuss pressing constituent concerns.
It was in college through her academic course work, participation in chapel worship services, and travels abroad that Tabatha discovered her passion for justice-centered ministry.
After graduation she moved to New York City and enrolled at Union Theological Seminary where she is finishing her Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Preaching and Worship. During the 2018-19 school year, she worked as a research assistant with the United Methodist Office for the United Nations crafting interactive bible studies, facilitating seminars at the UN, and formulating toolkits for United Methodist Women groups across the country.
She also recently established a fund to provide scholarships for graduates of the Terrell County School System in southwest Georgia. The fund is established in honor of her mother, Pauline Jackson Holley, who died on February 10, 2019 and was particularly passionate about supporting young people in pursuing their life’s work and path.
Tabatha Holley is a gifted preacher and a dynamic spiritual leader.
We thank God for calling her to serve as the Senior Pastor of New Day Church.