“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”
2 TIMOTHY 1:7
Pastor Christian Holleck
One of my favorite Bible stories is the Emmaus Road story in Luke 24. It is a story of journey and transformation, of sadness and joy, not seeing and then seeing. It is an Easter story. This story has helped me understand my own call to ministry, moving from one place and time in my life to another, looking back and discovering that Jesus has been with me all along, sometimes recognized, sometimes not, all the while causing “my heart to burn within me.” Finally this story offers a vision for shared ministry: walking with Jesus, inviting Jesus in, being fed by Jesus, and setting out on new journeys to share the good news.
I was ordained in 1997 in Pontiac, Michigan. In 2006 I came home to New England, accepting a call as Co-Pastor with Tiffany at St. Peter’s. It was a memorable transition, moving and coming over the bridge in the middle of the July 4 weekend! Our two girls grew up at St. Peter’s and the nearby Cape Cod beaches. I have been blessed by family, church, and hobbies that include playing the cello, running the Wing Island trail and clamming on the Cape Cod flats.
Pastor Tiffany Nicely Holleck
My favorite Bible verses for the last 14 years have been Isaiah 43:1-4a. My favorite hymn of all time is Amazing Grace. The first speaks to our identity in God, who has created us and saved us. (It is also the only place in the Bible where God says, “I love you” directly to the people.) The second speaks to Christ’s salvation and the power of grace. What do they have in common? They remind me of God’s character and whose I am.
I am an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor, serving this Lutheran church with my husband and Co-Pastor for the past 13 years. It is a privilege and joy to be a part of this vibrant, active community of God’s people who are hospitable, talented, engaged and deeply compassionate.
Born and raised in Fairfield, CT, I spent my early years listening to organ and choral music rooted in the Methodist Episcopal tradition; having spent much of my life playing and directing church music of varied styles. I always say, “one message – many voices” and it is in this spirit that I come to St. Peter’s; clearly interested in upholding tradition, but also acknowledging that there is sacred relevance in emerging style and content, language and voice.
One of many hymns I love is When in our music God is glorified – “How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound, ‘Alleluia!’” A favorite scripture relative to our work together is Colossians 3:16 .
Aside from music I enjoy spending time with my grown children, Greta and Kersti, Cape Cod natives who live nearby; Oscar, our little dachshund, and the clam rake business we all run. My hobbies include jigsaw puzzling, chopping wood and watercolors.
I really look forward to serving this energetic and joyful congregation! So much music – so little time.
Ministry Administrator Joanie Keating
Joanie Keating joined our team as Ministry Administrator in May 2020. She moved to Orleans in 2019 with her husband, Chris and children, Molly, Christopher and Joseph. They have a German Short-haired pointer, Champ and a new Irish Setter puppy, Brady. Prior to starting her family twenty years ago, she was a campus minister at Regis College and the University of Dayton where she studied Pastoral Ministry. Her inspiration for changing career paths from her undergraduate degree in Dietetics came from her work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Bethel, Alaska and Hartford, Connecticut. While mostly a stay at home mom these last 20 years, she has assisted her husband with his law practice, worked as a social media manager and library assistant as well as volunteered and taught religious education for her church communities. She enjoys nature walks, hiking, swimming, cooking, watching movies and football, especially if accompanied by family and friends. For her solitary moments, when life allows, she enjoys devotional reading and podcasts.
Operations Administrator Ann German
I was born and brought up in NYC, and at 3 started summering on Cape Cod in Woods Hole where my parents were part of the Marine Biological Labs community. I moved to the Cape in 1978 for a year, and have been here ever since, now living in Marstons Mills with two lovely old rescue dogs. My two sons have grown up and flown the coop! I have small business clients, am secretary/ financial assistant to individual clients and the finance administrator for 5 churches.
I was born and was raised as an Episcopalian, and my father loved High church. I am an active member of St. Mary’s in Barnstable village and have volunteered in every possible role over the past 26 years that I have been part of that wonderful community.
One of my favorite hymns, learned when I was in 4th Grade, is A Mighty Fortress is Our God. It has reinforced my sense that if I keep God near to me, I will be in his loving embrace, no matter what challenges are facing me. (I did not know until recently that it is a hymn written by Martin Luther!) I love to cook, paint and garden, and find joy in the creativity these bring as a balance to a world of accounting. I was raised with my grandparents who came to the US from Germany in the 1920’s, and so I learned to speak German from them and my family who are still in Germany. I am hoping to practice with Pastor Christian as it has gotten VERY rusty over the last few years.
Custodian Rebecca Catron
Rebecca Catron, a Cape Cod native, was born in 1960. She grew up in Harwich Port where her father owned the Lincoln Lodge and Mary Todd Motel. She lived in Harwich until 1972 then moved to New Hampshire with her mother. In 1984 she moved back to the Cape and started singing in bands for 15 years. Rebecca is also a Mayflower descendant; her 10th great grandfathers are William Brewster and Steve Hopkins. She is married to Robert Catron and lives in Chatham.