A Brief History of Hollis
In 1963 Don and Leah Hollis purchased ninety-three acres of timberland. Here they built a lake and a lodge. This would be their hideaway-a place respite from their many activities, for family re-creation, and to share with friends. Don and Leah willed the land to the Kansas City Conference of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) so that future generations could enjoy and experience communion with creation. Tragically, the Hollis' were killed in a 1971 airplane crash.
The Don and Leah Hollis Memorial Camp was incorporated, but there was no further development of the land. In 1976 the family indicated they wanted Don and Leah's dream to be realized. An evaluation team from the ALC was contracted. Their evaluation stated: "The Hollis property is a legacy, a gift of love, a rich and lasting heritage. It was given in the spirit of love and concern in the hope that a special ministry could be carried out there… that future generations could experience the out-of-doors in this beautiful setting…in that experience, people could discover the majesty and creativity of an ever-present, and loving God. It is truly a living memorial to the way the hollis family lived out their Christianity."
In 1979, the name of the Don and Leah Hollis Memorial Camp was changed to the Hollis Renewal Center. Hollis Renewal Center is incorporated as a not-for-profit Kansas Corporation. The Articles in Incorporation were amended so that the Hollis Renewal Center is now a corporation owned by the congregations that choose to participate.
Hollis Renewal Center Chronology
retreat - reflection - renewal