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Meet Rev. Christopher J. Holland II

Executive Pastor, Salt & Light
Convening Pastor, The Common Place

Reverend Christopher J. Holland II is the Executive Pastor of Salt & Light, an interdenominational, intergenerational congregation worshiping and working in Southwest Philadelphia and Mt. Airy.  In 2014 Pastor Holland began serving New Spirit Community church PCUSA, and by the move of God was led to merged with Grace Christian fellowship UCC to form Salt & Light in 2020.  Salt & Light represents the union of churches that have been ministering in Philadelphia for over 150 years. We are that rare combination of Pentecostal fire and social justice activism; we worship and fight for justice under the power of the Holy Spirit.   We are blessed to have over 600 courageous souls joining us in the work of building His Kingdom.

Also as an entrepreneur Christopher is the Co-founder/COO of Connexus Technology, a leading edge technology-consulting firm in Philadelphia since 2003. He is a native of Philadelphia, and holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Computer Science from Drexel University. 

After co-founding a technology startup, he obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary. As a member of the Common Place leadership team Pastor Chris brings his gifts of social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, pastoral care, community engagement and passion for family advocacy to fulfill the mission 

He has served for over 20 years in various ministerial capacities in the Philadelphia Tri-state area and is a minister member of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA. He is happily married and blessed to be parents of six children.