Monte W. Holland was born in his family’s farmhouse in a small Northern New York community, Dekalb Junction. When he was a young teenager, the family moved into the “big city” of Gouverneur, New York. While living there, Monte wrestled a Gouverneur High School. He earned money by delivering newspapers and shoveling snow for the neighbors.

     He graduated from Union College before receiving his Ph. D. in physics from Northwestern University in Chicago. He taught at the State University of New York for six years, and Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania for thirteen years.

     On September 3, 1966, he married Carolyn Cornell, who was, at the time, a non-traditional student at the University. They had two children, Sandra and Nolan.

     In 1982, the family moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia, where Monte attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Upon gradustion, he served as pasor of Emmanual United Methodist Church in New Castle; both Jamestown and State Line United Methodist Churches in Jamestown, and finally, Wesley United Methodist Church in Connellsville—all towns in Pennsylvania.

     He retired from the ministry in July 2003, and lives in the small community of Laurel Mountain Borough (outside Ligonier, PA) with Carolyn, and next door to his daughter. He is a member of the borough council, and occasionally preaches.


  1. Good to read the excellent bio of Monte. As I look forward to His dedicated, time consuming comments in the UR site every day, I am happy I had this opportunity to know about him. Indeed he is a faithful servant of God. Pray that God continues to bless Monte, Carolyn and their loved ones always.

    Comment by packia josiah — August 4, 2013 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for Monte’s bio. Interesting to put a face to UR’s popular personality/commentator.

    Comment by merry — August 4, 2013 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  3. It is good to put “skin” and face (from Carolyn’s previous post) on you. Wanted to post yesterday but was stymied by password requirement. The harshness and cruelty of the Japanese in the Philippines and the death of my American father still needs healing. It is the opposite experience from today’s devotional but I am trusting in God’s grace. Your recaps are appreciated. Thank you for your hard work. Nice to meet you!

    Comment by victoria k copp — August 6, 2013 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  4. Morning Monte, I am particularly interested in the name of the town where you lived, Gouveneur. You won’t believe it, but my last name is Guvernator! How similar is THAT! I think at one point in my married life someone in my husband’s family mentioned a few “Guvernators” living back east. We are originally from Saint Louis but now live in TX. Have a blessed day!

    Comment by Donna Guvernator — March 1, 2014 @ 8:21 am | Reply

    • Gouverneur Is a town in Northern New York, the St. Lawrence Valley. The name comes from the Morris family of the Philadelphia, PA area that heavily invested in Northern New York. Gouverneur Morris is one of the family. He was involved in the Continental Congress.

      Comment by carolyncholland — March 1, 2014 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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