First Lady Sandra Star Holland was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 10, 1937 to the union of John and Mamie Stewart. She was the youngest and only daughter of four children. At the tender age of three days old, her father died of pneumonia. Later in life at the age of ten years old, her mother also passed. The Stewart siblings suffered great loss at an early age when both father and mother passed.
Through the compassion of Christ, the late Bishop William Crossley, her mother’s brother, and his lovely wife, the late Evangelist Emma Crossley, of Emmanuel Temple in Buffalo, New York, decided to take the Stewart siblings as their own to live with them in Buffalo, New York. This proved to be the will of GOD and the greatest impact of their life.
At the age of eight years old, Sister Holland was baptized in Jesus name and received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost at Clinton Street Bethlehem Temple under the late Bishop S. N. Hancock. Working under her mother, Evangelist Crossley, she immediately began learning how to work in the church. Whether it was selling pies to raise funds to purchase the church’s first organ, teaching Sunday School, being the treasurer of the Ladies Aide, or serving twenty-five years as Financial Secretary, First Lady Sandra Star Holland worked faithfully.
Sister Holland graduated from East High School and Bryant & Stratton Business College in Buffalo, New York. Her employment portfolio included the title of Assistant Secretary at a major law firm in Buffalo, New York consisting of approximately twenty corporate attorneys with her being the only minority employee at that time. After moving to Detroit, she was offered a position with a pharmaceutical company as secretary where she worked for about four years until motherhood.
In 1958, under the unique ministry of the late and great Bishop William Crossley, GOD saved a wonderful young man by the name of Carl E. Holland. A year later, they were united in Holy Matrimony. To this union, GOD blessed them to have three lovely children: Adrienne, Brian, and Brandon and three beautiful grandchildren. Bishop and First Lady Holland have been married for over 50 years.
Through the will of the LORD, a door of opportunity opened in Detroit for Bishop Carl E. Holland to pastor Christ Temple, now Greater Christ Temple in Ferndale, Michigan. Watching her mother, Sister Holland knew the rough road ahead, therefore she reluctantly moved to Detroit not feeling that she was ready to serve as a pastor’s wife. However, through much fasting and prayer, she soon realized that her future was in the Master’s hands and moved to Detroit to support her husband.
In 1990, First Lady Holland served two terms as president of the PAW Northern District Council Minister’s Wives, an auxiliary where her mother was one of the pillars responsible for its formation. Currently, she is not only the First Lady of Greater Christ Temple Church, but also the Pentecostal Assembly of Believers, Inc. (PAB) and currently serves faithfully as president of the Minister’s Wives, Sunday School teacher, Supervisor of the Usher Board, and member of the Missionary Department.