Presiding Bishop Carl E. Holland was born in Niagara Falls, New York on July 7, 1937. During his childhood years, he discovered a passion for music and began studying the saxophone. At the age of 13, his gift led him into the secular music industry, playing in prominent theatres and supper clubs throughout the country. As a professional saxophonist and band leader, some of his accomplishments include playing the world famous Apollo Theatre and Detroit’s Cobo Hall, accompanying many world renown artist, such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Big Mae Bell, Little Richard and many others.
In October 1958, under the ministry of the late Bishop William Crossley, Carl Edward Holland made a life altering decision for Christ that totally directed him away from entertainment and into holiness for the past 50 years. This life altering decision was through true repentance, baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, being filled with the Holy Ghost, and rising to walk in the newness of life.
Bishop Holland was united in holy matrimony to Sister Sandra Star Stewart on October 3, 1959. From this union came one daughter, Adrianne and two sons, Brian and Brandon.
In 1961, after serving in many positions at his home church, Emmanuel Temple Church, GOD called Bishop Holland into the ministry. At his home church, Bishop served as church janitor, Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Young People’s Vice President and President, Trustee, and Assistant Pastor for 5 years. In the New York State Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., he served as Young People’s Vice President and President. After which he established and briefly pastored two churches in Batavia, New York and Albany, New York.
In 1970, a door of opportunity was opened by GOD for him to pastor at Christ Temple Church at 4366 West Davison in Detroit, Michigan, where he is now in his 39th year as pastor. As pastor, he inherited a church plagued with many spiritual and doctrinal problems which kept the church divided and hindered in its development. Nevertheless, in spite of great obstacles, Bishop Holland stood faithfully and obediently to GOD and plowed ahead. As a result, the Lord has blessed the work to grow and flourish. By 1980, after raising $66,000 in six months, the church’s mortgage was successfully liquidated. Later an office building with an approximate value of $100,000 was purchased. April 9, 1995, Palm Sunday, marked a new day for Christ Temple when it became Greater Christ Temple and moved to 210 Hilton St. in Ferndale, Michigan.
In 1982, Elder Holland was elevated to the office of District Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., making him responsible for fourteen churches. In 1986, he was elevated to Vice-Chairman of the Northern District Council consisting of 100 churches and was re-elected in 1988 for a second term. In 1990, he was elected as Chairman of the Northern District Council and was later re-elected. In 1992, the late Diocesan Bishop Willie Burrel elevated Bishop to the office of Suffragan Bishop. In 1998, he was appointed as Administrative Assistant to the Diocesan Bishop of the Northern District Council and served as Secretary of the Pastor’s Meeting and Auxiliary Director to the Young People’s Department, Missionary Department, and Usher’s Auxiliary.
GOD has truly blessed Bishop Carl E. Holland with a dynamic and fruitful ministry. He has helped to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe with innumerable converts to his credit. As an evangelist, in one particular revival 34 were baptized in Jesus name and 31 were filled with the Holy Ghost, of those converted were Suffragan Bishop Robert Evans, pastor of Bethel Temple in Longview, Texas (former pastor was Bishop Noel Jones). Through this same revival, a young man with tuberculosis was saved in Sunday’s service and released from the Tuberculosis Facility the very next day, being pronounced free from his condition. This healing was recorded in a medical journal.
In 1990, Bishop Holland was selected by the late Bishop Ross Paddock, former Presiding Prelate (1967-1974), to represent the PAW, Inc. at the World Apostolic Fellowship, a worldwide body of 118 “Jesus Only” organizations. Two milestones were achieved, one was that it was a custom that only Presiding Bishops preached at the nightly services, but Bishop Holland was the only District Elder out of 12 speakers and his message, “Jesus The Uppermost Became The Undermost to Save Us to the Uttermost”, was the best seller for the entire convention. On another occasion, Bishop was selected to deliver the Word of GOD while traveling by boat on the Sea of Galilee. While in Israel, he preached at 5 biblical sites throughout Jerusalem. Also, Bishop has preached 12 revivals in the Bahamas and in one of those great meetings 26 souls were baptized in Jesus name and several were filled with the Holy Ghost. In addition, he has preached in Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Jamaica, and Hawaii.
Bishop Holland has an effective radio ministry in the city of Detroit, surrounding areas, and abroad, previous broadcast stations include WQBH, WMUZ, WCHB, and WLQV. Bishop’s sermons have been heard in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. In addition, Bishop was selected to a panel of 7 ministers to deliver the Apostolic Doctrine through shortwave radio to Russia due to the government’s banning of Christianity. Two notable speakers were Dr. Frederick Price and Chuck Colson of President Nixon’s administration. His ministry can be heard on radio station WDTK 1400 AM every Sunday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.