Holly DelHousaye (pronounced delwho-say) has been formally mentoring women since 1999. She designed the SoulWork curriculum to provide a helpful structure for an in-depth mentoring experience. Holly’s goal in mentoring is life-to-life exchange whereby both the mentor and the mentee are enriched and blessed by the relationship.
At age 12, Holly personally received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. After inviting Jesus Christ into her life, she learned firsthand that He “is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond” anything that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Dreams do come true when God is at the center of them!
Holly grew up in the Iowa cornfields, but she dreamed of being a “city girl” living in Southern California. At 18, her California dream became a reality when she moved to Los Angeles in 1967. Holly felt drawn into the private sector and the possibilities of entrepreneurship. Her first job as a file clerk at Kemper Insurance quickly moved her into the position of secretary to the West Coast branch manager. During that time, she met and married a young junior high pastor named Darryl DelHousaye in 1970.
Darryl went on to graduate from Talbot Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. At the same time, Holly obtained her PhT, (Putting Hubby Through) degree from Talbot Seminary, in honor of her enthusiastic support. Following graduation, Darryl became the senior pastor of San Lorenzo Valley Baptist Church, Felton, California in 1974.
In 1981, Darryl became senior pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. This church grew rapidly and she enjoyed a long and fruitful ministry for 25 years. Darryl still serves as Pastor Emeritus.
In 1992, after raising two sons and serving in many church ministries, Holly looked to God to refocus her life. She served for five years as assistant to the vice-dean for Phoenix Programs for The University of Arizona College of Medicine. There she set up the Phoenix office and assisted the vice-dean as a liaison between the College of Medicine and the Phoenix community.
From 1992 to 1999, Holly also developed a team ministry at Scottsdale Bible Church directed to business and professional women called Women of Substance. This ministry became a vital community of believers providing a safe harbor for personal growth for an often-neglected group of women within the Christian community.
In 1999, after prayer and encouragement, Holly created a non-profit ministry called Prickly Perspectives, Inc. This ministry provided many opportunities for her to contribute her experience in pioneering new ministries, creating mentoring tools and facilitating personal development to the community of faith at large. Holly closed her non-profit in 2009 to incorporate SoulWork, Inc.
From 2009 to present, she has served as President of SoulWork, Inc. Holly and Darryl have served together in four pastorates ranging in size from 70-7000. In 1997, Darryl assumed the position of interim, part-time president of Phoenix Seminary. In January of 2006, he retired as Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church and became the full-time president of Phoenix Seminary.
Holly and Darryl have two married sons and six grandchildren. John (Tiffany) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Phoenix Seminary and Kent (Stephanie) is Co-Founder and Director of the Love & Transformation Institute.