Funeral Celebrants

Funeral Celebrants

McCrery and Harra proudly offers the finest celebrants to help friends and family find the best ways to celebrate the life of a loved one.

Rev. Holly Clark-Porter -

Rev. Holly Clark-Porter

Holly has been working with McCrery & Harra as a funeral celebrant since 2014 and began full time in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, where she was a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar and student body president. She earned a Masters in Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, with a focus on ethics and homiletics & liturgy. She was the recipient of the Charles L. King preaching award. In addition to being ordained as a minister in the PC(USA), she is certified as an InSight Life Celebrant for families who do not wish to have a religious celebration of life. Holly believes strongly thata helping families find hope and the peace to grieve, through a meaningful service, is of the utmost importance, be it a religious or non religious service.

Holly serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Delaware City. She also is on the Mission Development Committee of New Castle Presbytery.

Holly, her spouse Kaci, and their dog Hazel moved to Delaware in 2013 from Austin, Texas. They enjoy camping, hiking, being foodies, and exploring this side of the country! They have a new-found love of WaWa, the Blue Hens, and the beautiful Delaware Fall.

Katherine Franta, Funeral Celebrant -

Katherine Franta

Rev. Dr. Katherine Franta practices Holistic Ministry, which is tailored to each person no matter what his or her background. Holistic Ministry encompasses a study of world religion, philosophy, and spirituality. With an emphasis on experiential practice, Rev. Kate is able to provide spiritual counsel for those who are often overlooked: People without a traditional church. While she provides spiritual counsel for any life situation, her focus lies in assisting clients and families with ceremonies such as weddings and funerals/memorials, along with helping families make peace when a loved one is dying. This is accomplished by assessing the client’s needs, the family’s needs, and employing active, experiential processes for everyone willing to explore, grow, and greet peace with an open heart.

Rev. Kate is gifted in providing an open and creative space for families to plan a personalized ceremony that truly celebrates the gift of life. Rev. Kate encourages her clients to take an active role in their spiritual development by participating in the services.

Having earned her doctorate in 2005 in Holistic Ministry, Rev. Kate draws on extensive experience with cross-cultural and traditional spirituality, meditation, Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, secular philosophy, metaphysical studies, psychology, and quantum physics.