The Board of Dirctors of the FOCUS Churches of Albany is pleased to introduce the Rev. Renee Hollinshed as our Interim Executive Director, beginning May 14, 2018. Rev. Renee recently moved 3,500 miles from Seattle to Albany where she was called as a part-time pastor to the Sojourner Truth AME Zion Church. In her spare time here, Rev. Renee came with her husband, Randolph, to FOCUS as a volunteer in the Breakfast Club where their gifts for justice and service were quickly put to work!
Most recently, Rev. Renee lived and worked in Seattle, Washington. For most of her career, Rev. Renee was a respected Paralegal, working for various law firms, law schools and judges. In this capacity, she worked closely with an attorney who convinced her that her heart was to serve. So Rev. Renee became an active member of the University Rotary Club in Seattle helping to write grants and working on behalf of the homeless there. She also helped to raise money for those in need of clean water in Africa and equipment for the disabled in the Philippines.
While in Seattle, Rev. Renee also pursued a Masters degree in Psychology and began work as a Mental Health Clinician. In 2016, she became the Alumni Director for the same organization she had worked for as a Clinician. In addition to her husband of 30 years, Rev. Renee has three children, 6 adopted children and 10 grandchildren. The children have all left the nest, so Rev. Renee and her husband enjoy the freedom of living (and traveling) in their RV, now located in nearby Catskill. She loves the freedom of this lifestyle and is humbled by the favor of God in her life.