Rev. Michael and Diane Collins - 25 years at Dublin COG

Dublin Church of God celebrated the 25th anniversary of pastoral service by Rev. Michael Collins and his wife, Diane, and their family, Sunday, November 13.

A special celebration service to honor the Collins was held Sunday during morning worship. Guest speakers included the Rev. Mark Cary, Director of Youth and Evangelism for the Church of God in Virginia, and Dublin Mayor Benny Skeens. A special program of music and testimonials from local church leaders was also featured.

Some of Collins’ contributions to Dublin Church of God have been the construction of the Family Life Center, and the purchase and renovation of the MAC Center, an educational and conference facility. Church improvements have included renovation of the pulpit area, the sanctuary and the foyer.

Other accomplishments during the past 25 years have been Collins serving on several Church of God statewide boards, including State Youth Board and State Evangelism Board. He also served on the Virginia Church of God Historical Commission, which produced booklets on the history of the church. For numerous years under Collins’ leadership, the church has won statewide awards of recognition for world mission contributions. He has also served as a volunteer chaplain for LewisGale Hospital Pulaski for several years, and served on the chaplain’s board.

The Collins’ daughters and sons-in-law Michelle and Billy Gravely and Candice and Tim Richardson and their families are also members and workers in the church. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A luncheon reception was also held in the Family Life Center following the service in the Collins' honor.

(*The above article was taken as an excerpt from the local newspaper, The Southwest Times)