Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Hollie Woodruff is a native of Rochester, NY. She moved to Nashville, TN to complete her BBA at Belmont University. After working in the Music Industry for two years, she started her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. As student at Vanderbilt, Hollie spent a semester abroad in Thailand working and teaching in a school for the disabled. Her time in Thailand also included studying the economic and social impact of human trafficking.
Upon graduation in 2004, she was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was named by their Board of the Council on Christian Unity as the 2004-2005 “Disciples Scholar” to attend the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey of the World Council of Churches in Celigny, Switzerland.
When she returned, Hollie served two years as the interim minister at First Christian Church in Rockwood, TN before serving as the chaplain of Barton College in Wilson, NC until May 2013. She continued her ministry serving as an interim for several North Carolina Disciple congregations, as well as working with nonprofits doing event planning, marketing and development. She also served as the Director of Development and Communications for Higher Education & Leadership Ministries in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In her spare time, Hollie enjoys being outdoors hiking, running and cycling, hanging with her two Golden Retrievers and playing the violin.