Hollie Benton has served as Executive Director since September, 2019. Formerly an employee of Ecolab, she has served in multiple IT roles as Project Manager, Product Owner, and Operations Manager of a large team in the Commercial Solutions division. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN, where she directs choir and Ephesus School. Hollie and her husband, Richard Benton, PhD, served the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, 2002-2012, in regional capacities and at UW-Madison, UW-Seattle, and UMN-Minneapolis. Hollie holds a Master’s degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary and holds a B.A. with majors completed in Philosophy, Music Theory, and Applied Piano. Hollie has years of musical education experience, including a year teaching abroad in Bucharest, Romania. Her family supports international exchange, hosting students from Spain, Serbia, Georgia, and Bosnia. Her own two daughters, Nellie and Kalista, are students now in Spain and the Netherlands.
My hope and prayer for all engaged in the work and ministry of the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative is that we will encourage one another in Christ to submit to the biblical command and emulate His prayer, "Not my will, but Thine be done," so that on the Last Day we may hear the words of mercy, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."