Good afternoon and welcome back for entry number 39 here at the “Church of Christ Celebrities” blog! As always, I love to hear from my readers, either in the comments below or over at the Contact page. I have a few more topic suggestions left to cover on my list, but I’m always happy to receive more, or to just get your thoughts about the project as a whole.
This is the second of two consecutive posts about combat sports here at the blog. Two weeks ago, we turned our attention to former WWE champion John Layfield, who, as it turns out, has numerous connections to Abilene Christian University and to Churches of Christ more broadly. (Since the rebirth of the blog in July, we’ve also had a special Pixar-themed post and a return to an old favorite, both of which you should check out if you missed them previously.)
This week, we will focus briefly on Holly Holm (1981-), the former UFC champion who famously pulled off an incredible upset against the (at the time) undefeated Ronda Rousey in November 2015. Holm, nicknamed “the Preacher’s Daughter,” remains one of the top-ranked bantamweight fighters today and may very well go down as one of the all-time greats whenever her career is finished.
Readers of the Christian Chronicle, a Churches of Christ publication cited frequently here at the blog, may or may not be surprised to find out that Holm got her nickname “because her father, Roger Holm, preaches for the Edgewood Church of Christ in the Albuquerque area.” (1) The connections between the Holm family and Churches of Christ go deeper than this, however.
In 2015, during the runup to the aforementioned fight against Ronda Rousey, Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal penned an extended story on the relationship between Holly and her father. Wright discovered that Roger Holm had formerly worked for the Bosque Farms Church of Christ and that he had also completed studies at a “Bible Institute of Denver” (presumably, the preaching school known today as Bear Valley Bible Institute). Regarding the fighter’s status as a “preacher’s kid,” Holm’s father also mused to Wright that “Holly knows what it’s like to be in the limelight… I guess that’s why she can handle it a little better than some.” (2)
Whether or not being a PK has given Holm an advantage in the UFC, it seems pretty evident that both the fighter and her family have extended ties to Churches of Christ, making this week’s entry CONFIRMED. Before we close, though, a quick update/reminder about my book. Visions of Restoration is scheduled for publication with Cypress Publications/Heritage Christian University Press on September 12, and copies can be preordered now at http://www.hcu.edu/product/visions-of-restoration-the-history-of-churches-of-christ-by-john-young/. There will also be a book signing event at HCU in Florence, Alabama on September 12, so if you’re in the area, stop by and see me!
That’s all for today, but check back in on September 12 (a busy day for me) for our next entry. Thanks as always for reading!
(1) “‘Preacher’s Daughter’ is UFC champ,'” Christian Chronicle, November 23, 2015, accessed June 29, 2019, https://christianchronicle.org/spotlight-preachers-daughter/.
(2) Rick Wright, “The Preacher is behind Holly Holm,” Albuquerque Journal, November 10, 2015, accessed June 29, 2019, https://www.abqjournal.com/673807/the-preacher-is-behind-holly.html.