Rev. Mary Kay Collins
Associate Pastor for Congregational Life
Direct: (804) 565-1681
- Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:12
- Movies: Life is Beautiful, Up
- Books: Life of the Beloved, The Help, Traveling Mercies, Telling Secrets
- TV Shows: The Daily Show, Anything on HGTV
- Music: U2, Indigo Girls
- For fun I like to: Go for walks, watch movies, and eat good meals.
About Mary Kay
I grew up in Central Florida, youngest of four children. My parents worked for Young Life and I spent every summer from ages two to 18 at Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in North Carolina. I graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida in 1990. After working as a youth minister, then a barista at an espresso bar, I went to seminary at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
My first call in ministry was in Nashville, Tennessee. My second call was to my home church in Maitland, Florida. This is where I met my husband Rob. Within three years of our wedding, we had three children (!), Maya (now 15), Charlie (13), and Sophie (13). Richmond has become a good home for these Floridians. We enjoy a little snow in the winter and color on the trees in the fall.
My work in the church is diverse. I have the pleasure of meeting guests when they visit the church, helping them to find a church home at FPC; I enjoy meeting with couples for premarital counseling; I love baptizing babies; I help set up teams of church officers to bring the sacrament of Communion to our homebound members; and a lot of other things in between.