The Rev. Melissa K. Hollerith brings nearly three decades of ordained ministry with a passion for teaching and servant leadership. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La, Melissa received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) from Tulane University and a Master’s of Divinity from Yale University. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1992, she is married to the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral.
The Holleriths met at Yale and now have two adult children, Marshall and Eliza, and a beloved black Labrador, Lady.
Melissa spent the majority of her ministry in schools, primarily at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia, where she served as Chaplain, Religion Department Chair and Chair of Service Learning. St. Christopher’s honored her in 2016 with the establishment of the Reverend Melissa K. Hollerith Prize to be given annually at graduation to the young man who best exhibits Service, Community Building and Inclusion. For the past two years, she has worked at St. Albans School teaching Ethics and Bible in the upper school.
In addition to serving in schools, Melissa has assisted at churches, including Christ Church Georgetown in Washington, D.C.; St. Stephen’s and St. James’s in Richmond, Va.; St. Peter’s in Savannah, Ga.; and Christ and Holy Trinity in Westport, Conn. Melissa has been published in Forward Movement, The Bible Challenge, and Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul.
Melissa served as the president of the Disciplinary Board for the Diocese of Virginia and is a board member at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys in Washington, D.C.. Melissa credits her mother who started the first food bank in the state of Louisiana as her best role model for servant ministry. She enjoys good Louisiana cooking and watching SEC football, especially the LSU Tigers. She regularly teaches and preaches at the Cathedral and around the Cathedral Close.
Lent 2019: Lent 7 | Lent 14 | Lent 21 | Lent 28 | Lent 35 | Lent 42
Lent 2020: Lent 7 | Lent 14 | Lent 21 | Lent 28 | Lent 35 | Lent 42
The Pilgrim Way of Lent: Meditations from Washington National Cathedral (Amazon)