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Rev. Dr. Mark L. Chapman



Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting us online!  We hope you will take some time to get acquainted with us, and that you will come visit us here at Hollis Presbyterian Church.  If you do not have a church home, we pray you will consider becoming a part of our family.  You will find that we are a fun, down-to-earth people who love Jesus and one another!  We know how challenging life can be, and that is why we come together to worship God, support one another, and spread the good news that Jesus Christ is alive!

God has impressed upon us the need to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).”  We make a conscious decision to choose joy over despair because we know that “the JOY of the LORD is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).”  That is why we sing with gusto, dance with joy, and worship Jesus with sincere and glad hearts!  We love Jesus because he first loved us, and it is our desire to be in deeper fellowship with him and one another, thus proving to be hisdisciples.

Our late pastor, the Rev. Dorothy Carrington-Benjamin, gave us our motto: “The Church Where Love Grows.”  We pray that you will experience the love of Jesus Christ in our fellowship, and that His peace and joy will bless you and your family.  Welcome, and please visit with us as often as you can!

Grace and peace,

Rev. Dr. Mark L. Chapman, Pastor


Minister V. Olivia Hines Latty

Assistant to the Pastor



Brother Hale B. Thompson

CEO Birdco Productions

Came to Hollis Presbyterian Church in 2008 as the Minister of Music.

Hale has numerous affiliations such as: Vice President/Scholarship Chairman B Sharp, L.I. Branch; National Association of Negro Musicians, Vice Chairman; Board of Director Major Music International Corp and CEO Birdco Productions.


Brother Anthony Bennett

Gospel Choir Director



Deacon David Brown




Elder Cynthia Shephard

Clerk of Session

Elder George Cameron


Ms. Edith Brown


Edith Brown came to the Hollis Presbyterian Church in 1995 to work on what was to be a temporary basis.  Seventeen years later she is still here serving the Lord, the Hollis Congregation and it’s Pastor.  Ms.Brown attributes this long and loving relationship to the grace of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Hopeton Shaw

Church Sexton

Mr. Hopeton Shaw came to work at the Hollis Presbyterian Church as our Sexton in January, 2000. It’s interesting to note that our former Pastor Rev. Robina Winbush chose “Hope” as her theme for that year. Shortly after, she hired Hopeton without realizing the significance of his name.