Minister Emeritus

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The Rev. Earl K. Holt III is retired from full-time ministry and now lives in Arizona. He served as minister of King's Chapel, Boston from 2001 to 2009. He was honored with emeritus status by First Unitarian Church of St. Louis for having served as minister here from 1974 to 2001. His 27 years here saw steady growth, the expansion of our property and building, and the founding of Emerson UU chapel. 

Earl is a graduate of Brown University and of the Starr King School for the Ministry, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. Starr King also honored him with an honorary doctorate in 2004. He is the author of a biography of the Rev. William Greenleaf Eliot (1811-1887), first Minister of our church, founder of Washington University in St. Louis and grandfather of the poet T. S. Eliot.

Mr. Holt was a founding member of the T.S. Eliot Society and delivered the annual Eliot Memorial Lecture in 1982. He gave a Minn's lecture on The History of Kings Chapel in 2003. Among other current activities, he serves as a member of the Prairie Study Group of UU ministers and as President of the UU History and Hertiage Society.

Earl Holt is married to Marilyn Holt and has two grown daughters, Alicia and Julia.