Connie Holland

Kids Hope Director

I am a proud Native Texan, born in Waco, Texas.  My childhood was spent right outside the city in a very small community, Elm Mott.  Being raised in a strong Christian home with both my parents being very active leaders in the church, I accepted Christ as my Savior at an early age.  At the age of 10 we moved to Lancaster, a suburb of Dallas, which I consider my hometown.

After graduating from college, I spent 40 years as a high school educator teaching in the Business Department with 21 of those years also being spent as a drill team director at Bishop Dunne in Dallas, Grand Prairie High, and Sam Houston in Arlington.  When I “retired” from directing, I continued as Department Chair and Senior Class Sponsor at Sam.

When it came to retirement, I was conflicted about who I was going to be and what I was going to do to fill my time.  I spent several evenings out on my patio praying for direction.  After mentioning I was retiring in May, our Missions Pastor called and said, “Connie, I have the exact fit for your retirement.”  As I listened to the details of this new program called Kids Hope, I realized it was quite involved.  My answer was, “I really want to tell you no, but I’m pretty sure this is a direct answer to prayer.”  The rest is history.  We’ve built a great team of directors with numerous faithful mentors serving the “least of these”.

God has shown me over and over how He has this ministry in His hands. He’s also clearly shown me that as long as you are on this earth, He is never through with you.  Lives of the children have been blessed while, at the same time, our mentor’s lives have been profoundly affected.  I am grateful for this retirement plan He had for me.

In my free time I love spending time with friends, reading, crafting, traveling, judging for Dance Showcase USA competitions, and spending time at our family lake cabin on Lake Bridgeport with my sister and brother-in-law.  My sister and I spend hours patrolling the lakeside speeding around on our Seadoos.  Little known facts are I’ve been on TV several times performing for Dallas Cowboy halftimes as

a member of the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles and as a contestant on The Price Is Right!  And, yes, I got to spin the big wheel!

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