Pastoral Staff

Rev. Kelvin Sauls

Senior Pastor

Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He brings to Holman United Methodist Church years of experience in, and passion for congregational vitalization for community transformation. A bridge-builder for cross-cultural and multi-ethnic congregational development in racially diverse communities, Rev. Sauls is excited about God’s plans and promises that come with his appointment to Holman. | Full Bio |E-mail Pastor Sauls

Rev. Allison Mark

Associate Pastor

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Rev. Allison Kanani. A 3.5 generation Chinese American and 5th generation Japanese American Pastor’s Kid, Pastor Allison and her 2 sisters, grew up with many church “aunties, uncles, and cousins” at Waianae and Kilohana UMC, who nurtured and supported her in her calling to ministry. Graduating from University of Washington in Seattle in 2000, with degrees in Sociology, American Ethnic Studies, and Communications, she returned to Hawaii and worked for four years as a Christian Education Director (Kilohana), a middle school typing instructor and Student Activities Coordinator, and high school Speech and Debate Coach (simultaneously!). She also dabbled in student teaching at the University of Hawaii, office administration, and nannying! During that time back in Hawai’i, she became more engaged with community organizing through Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), the interfaith justice organization that her father helped to create.  Full Bio


Dr. Marguerite Phillips

Minister of Congregational Care

Dr. Marguerite L. Phillips has been a member of Holman since 1972.  She hold the Doctor of Ministry degree  from United Theological Seminary  in Dayton, Ohio.  Rev. Phillips served in clergy roles for two previous churches, one in Central Los Angeles and another in Long Beach.  She is also a graduate of Claremont School of Theology. | Full Bio | Email Me

Rev. Oliver Buie

Minister of Community Engagement

REV. OLIVER BUIE is an ordained pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 2011 from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has 25 years of valuable experience in carrying out ministry responsibilities both as a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel, including strong biblical preaching and teaching, and worship leadership. His strong points have been organizational Leadership, administration and strategic planning, evangelism and church growth strategies, community outreach & relations, program development and team building, stewardship and fund development, ecumenical and collaborative relations and event planning & management. Full Bio | Email Rev. Buie

Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls

First Lady / Partner in Ministry

Rev. Judi eagerly describes the journey nearest and dearest to her heart as her Walk with God.  Ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, her passion in ministry is working with women of color.  Congregations from coast to coast have been the beneficiaries of her dedication.  She is frequently invited to present workshops or preach at women’s conferences. | Full Bio

Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.

Pastor Emeritus

A Methodist minister for more than 50 years, Rev. James Lawson served as pastor of Holman from 1974 until his retirement in 1999. He remains active with preaching and teaching engagements throughout the country along with conducting nonviolence workshops locally and overseas.  He leads his nonviolence workshop every fourth Saturday at Holman.

Rev. Lawson is also internationally recognized as the leading strategist and trainer in the principles of nonviolence to 1960s Civil Rights leaders as well as being a confidant of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Time Magazine listed Rev. Lawson as one of seven icons of the civil rights movement who paved the way for President Barack Obama’s historic election.  In addition, he had held professorships at several institutions including Vanderbilt University, Harvard University, CSU Northridge, and UCLA.