Rev. Holston is the Executive Director of POWER. A recognized community activist, pastor, educator and leader known for advocating for racial and economic justice by promoting fairer workforce development policies, improved job opportunities and skills development for the underserved and disadvantaged in the Philadelphia area. As a leader of POWER, Rev. Holston helped to lead a coalition of faith groups, unions and social justice activists to raise the living wage to $12 per hour for all Philadelphia contracted and subcontractor workers – in particular, the nearly 4000 workers at the Philadelphia International Airport. In May 2014, as one of the leaders in POWER, a city-wide referendum was passed making the living wage for all Philadelphia contracted and subcontracted workers $12 per hour. Rev. Holston helped lead successful fights to unionize airport workers to pass labor piece legislation and city-wide sick leave. As a direct result of his efforts, tens of thousands of Philadelphia workers now have higher wages and better working conditions. Rev, Holston is the Senior Pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pa., a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Masters of Education degree from Cheyney University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. Rev. Holston is experienced as a pastor, businessman, activist, entrepreneur, college professor, speaker and community activist. However, his most important role is serving as a devoted and loving husband to Deborah, his beautiful wife of twenty-seven years, and father to the four children they share, Taheerah, Jamila, Nia and Nasser.
The Leadership of The Partnership and the Affiliates