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Ryan Hollister
Updated On: Feb 10, 2016

 

Living the Blessed Life

Member Ryan Hollister tends to his produce and his flock

Ryan Hollister, a Produce Manager at a Safeway store in Redding, considers himself blessed in a myriad of ways.

“I have a wonderful family, I am committed to doing God’s work and I have a good Union job,” Hollister said. “I feel I have lived a blessed life.”

In addition to working fulltime at Safeway, Hollister is pastor of the Millville Baptist Church on Millville Way, outside of Redding.

“I became born again when I was 21,” he said. “My religion eventually became a passion in my life, and I decided I wanted to share it with others.”

When he was 27, he decided to become a pastor in the Baptist Church and enrolled at Shasta Bible College. “It was a challenge to work and attend school fulltime,” Hollister said.

“My father worked in a good Union job for 54 years at Pacific Gas & Electric,” Hollister explained. “So when I was looking for a career, I knew where to look.”

Hollister said he appreciates working at a job covered by a Union contract. “I’m thankful for the strong contracts the Union has negotiated for us over the years,” he said. “They enabled me to raise my family, have great pay and benefits and look forward to a secure and dignified retirement.”

Hollister particularly values his health benefits. “A few years ago, I had a rare virus that left me partially paralyzed,” Hollister said.

“I was out for 10 months. “I was able to get treatment without having to worry about how I was going to pay for it. That’s the Union advantage.”

“but it was a calling and something I believed I really needed to do.”

After graduating in 1991, Hollister wanted to form a church of his own. He chose Millville because the town had not had a house of worship within its borders for more than 30 years.

“We started with a Bible study group of around 25 people who met weekly in our living room,” he said.

“More and more people started to come as word spread, and we saw the need to have a church building.” Hollister and his wife, Bonnie, have four adult children and he enlisted all of them in the effort.

“We didn’t want to borrow money, so we decided to raise the necessary funds ourselves,” Hollister said. “It took a while, but two years ago we had our building. We now have more than 100 people who attend our services each week.”

Hollister does the full range of pastoral work: baby dedications, baptisms, marriages, counseling and funerals. “It takes up a lot of my time outside of work,” he said. “But the ministry is a calling, so I plan to keep doing both jobs until I’m able to retire at Safeway.”

When Hollister entered the grocery industry 34 years ago, he sought out a Union job.

When he is able to find the time, Hollister hunts deer and fishes for bass in the Lassen and Modoc National Forests. He also spends as much time as he can with his

children and his toddler grandson, Wyatt. “I was able to reach two major goals in my life: work at a Union job and preach the Gospel,” he said. “What more could anyone ask?”.

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