About Director Rev. Holly W. Whitcomb

Holly has provided leadership for hundreds of groups. These include:


♣     Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI

♣     Niantic Community Church, Niantic, CT

♣     Hospice of Iowa City, Iowa

♣     Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI

♣     United Church of Christ Clergy of the Missouri Mid-South Conference

♣     The United Methodist Women of Pennsylvania

♣     Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN

♣     The United Methodist Clergywomen of Wisconsin

♣     Iowa United Church of Christ Annual Conference Meeting

♣     The Cathedral Heritage Foundation, Louisville, KY

♣     The Spiritual Renewal Task Force of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ

♣     Rock Spring Congregational Church, Arlington, VA

♣     The United Church of Christ Women of Minnesota

♣     Kirkridge, Bangor, PA

♣     Church Women United, National Meeting

♣     Lakeland College

♣     Faber Center, Marquette University


Rev. Holly W. Whitcomb has been a minister in the United Church of Christ since her graduation from Yale Divinity School in 1978.  She has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the two-year training program for spiritual directors at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C.  As the Director of Kettlewood Retreats, Holly travels to churches, retreat houses, colleges, and conference centers to lead retreats and spirituality events around the country. She is also a spiritual director offering one-to-one spiritual direction.  Holly takes time to cook and is big on hospitality. One of Holly’s hobbies is designing and making jewelry and she sometimes incorporates “art as meditation” into her retreats. In addition, she is an avid hike leader with a Wisconsin hiking club and loves the outdoors. She is the author of four books and over 75 spirituality resources in various books and periodicals. Holly lives with her husband John in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holly and John have two adult children.