Pastor Gary S. Collins’ passion in ministry is prayer, evangelism and Christian education, which he has focused on while pastoring the Sharon Church in Omaha, Nebraska. His new role at Message magazine will continue to contribute to evangelism in the Central States Conference.

When asked about his goals as Message director, he said, “I want our churches to see the value Message has in their personal outreach programs and I want each church to use Message magazine in effective, relevant and unique ways to spread the gospel.”

Collins added that we so often fail to understand how important something is to us until it is gone. “The invitation to take this post gives me a unique opportunity to work with my conference to keep Message a viable and flourishing tool for our outreach programs,” he said.

Members have an important part to play in purchasing subscriptions for their friends and families. Business owners, in and outside of the church, have also sponsored large numbers of subscriptions to be distributed within our community. According to Collins, just the other day the owner of a steel company purchased $300 worth of subscriptions. Several of these large contributions help us get the message out.

Collins has authored The Kidz Amazing Bible Lessons and Awakening the Sleeping Giant. He is happily married to the former Loretta D. Woodson of Birmingham, Alabama. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Shanta’ and Jordan.

This article was also published in the July/August 2015 print edition of OUTLOOK. It was written by Brittany Winkfield, communication director for the Central States Conference.