Eartha Holland, 2019 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Eartha C. Holland is happily married to Pastor George E. Holland, Sr. and is the First Lady of the Green Grove Baptist Church in West Berlin, NJ. Together, they have labored in joyful ministry for 25 years. She is a devout mother to their seven children and their seven grandchildren; along with scores of spiritual sons and daughters.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Geneva College through the Center for Urban Theological Studies, and has her Master of Arts in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary.

For 22 years, she enjoyed a successful career in the casino industry working with high-net-worth accounts from professional sports to entertainers. Prior to leaving the industry, she was recognized as the company’s top producer for a record 10 years. During that time, she was nominated for the Carl Icahn Community Service Award, and received the Carl Icahn Best Team & Best Team Leader Award, named after the billionaire owner of the company.

From an early age, her parents instilled in her an awareness and sensitivity for the disadvantaged and underprivileged, and would volunteer with a variety of nonprofit agencies trying to make a difference.

She currently serves as the director of development for Turning Points for Children, the leading social service organization for children in Philadelphia that meets the needs of 17,000 vulnerable individuals. Turning Points operates a residential treatment facility, emergency food pantry, parenting support network, and serves as the largest foster care provider in the city. Her responsibilities include securing donations from corporations and individual donors, raising the public profile of the agency, overseeing the various special events, and serving as the chief relationship officer to the Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors.

Through her church ministry, she is the founder of the Green Grove Gunther Scholarship, which awards an annual $10,000 scholarship to a deserving Green Grove youth. Gunther recipients have graduated from Georgetown University, Hampton University, North Carolina Central University, and Johnson & Wales University, just to name a few. Over a $100,000 has been awarded to date. She is also the executive director of Emerald Vision Community Development Corporation, the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit CDC of the Green Grove Baptist Church. She is responsible for project management, volunteer staff, special events, and community engagement. Emerald Vision has supported numerous projects; including programs that benefit foster care, senior citizens, mission work in Africa, and community youth programs.

Her personal interests include spending time with her husband, children, and writing. She is the author of the devotional book entitled Love Notes from the Heart of God, and gives God all the glory for anything worthy of honor both professionally and personally.