Bishop Shirley Holloway is a native of the state of New York. As a young child, she spent years in Church being taught the Word of God and invited Christ into her life at the age of nine. It was at this point that Bishop Holloway was saved and filled with the Spirit of God; the foundation for the courageous and life-altering work she began in one of the most crime-ridden areas of Washington, D.C.
From unpretentious beginnings since founding her non-profit organization, House of Help City of Hope, Bishop Holloway is now a developer, landlord, and executor of real estate acquisitions. In this capacity, she has revitalized a conglomerate of properties in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area; including Graceview Apartments in Washington, D.C., Kingdom City in Waldorf, Maryland, and Kingdom Village, in Suitland, Maryland. These properties function collectively as intermediate treatment facilities for chemically-dependent persons, and serve also as a catalyst for individuals to rise above the ravages of addiction, homelessness, and poverty. House of Help City of Hope has been the driving force behind the inspiration and motivation of over 40,000 individuals – helping them to restore, establish, and strengthen themselves back to stable and respectable lives. Graduates reside in a recovery-oriented apartment community where credit checks and security deposits are not required. Moreover, Bishop Holloway also formed the From Homeless to Home Ownership Program (“FHTHO”). Any individual, who has maintained 5-plus years of abstaining from substance abuse, and who is responsible as well as accountable, can progress to the point of purchasing – and owning – their own home.
The mother of Deliliah and Sherman, the proud grandmother of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Shamiah and Micah,and the adopted mother of Jimmie and Jemicia. Bishop Holloway serves as the Senior Pastor of The Word and Worship Centers in Washington, D.C. Suitland, MD, and Waldorf, MD; as well as the Presiding Prelate over Mt. Olive Kingdom Fellowship International. In addition to being CEO, Senior Pastor, and Presiding Prelate, Bishop Holloway also travels across the nation and the globe.
Bishop Holloway received the Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award in 2007, and has been the recipient of multiple outstanding service recognition resolutions from former Mayors of Washington, D.C.; and her work through House of Help City of Hope has been featured in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Post, and Afro-American News. She was honored by the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives under the George Bush administration for her selfless efforts in welfare reform; and has also been a recipient of the Washington Post Humanitarian Award. She has been featured extensively on CNN, CBN, Fox News, The 700 Club, and The New York Times; and hosts her own local weekly broadcasts, Legendary Teachings, and the Bishop Holloway Show.
The Washington D.C. Metropolitan area has been blessed and fortunate to find a rare jewel in Bishop Holloway, who has dedicated her life’s work to meeting the needs of the last and least of those who fall through the urban cracks daily. Her efforts in the area of community outreach have created new opportunities and directions for men, women, and children; and proves that continuous, consistent focus in the right direction can change and redirect lives and lead to positive paths, a fulfilled spiritual life, and independence.