Release Date: July 25, 2019
SASKATOON, SK- On July 14, 2019 the Board of Directors of the
Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference elected Michael Collins as the next conference
president after David Ripley’s decision to begin retirement. Collins officially
began his duties as president on July 15, 2019.
Michael Collins has a vast amount of experience at both the local
and conference levels. He recently
served as senior pastor for the Pinehouse Drive Adventist church in Saskatoon.
In addition to pastoral work at several churches in the United States, Collins
has served as general vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa Union
in Lebanon from 2013 to 2017. During his time as vice-president, Collins held
additional responsibilities, including security and crisis management
coordinator, ministerial and stewardship director, acting director of the
Lebanon Section, and acting treasurer of the union.
“I feel very humbled to be asked to take on the
responsibility of leading this conference, but am gratified to know I’ll be
working together with a committed team. Evelyn and I ask for your prayers, and
pledge to serve God’s cause and His people to the best of our abilities,”
From 2010 to 2013, Collins held the position of president of Gulf
Field in the United Arab Emirates and president of the South Sudan Field in
Uganda from 2006 to 2011.
Pastor Michael Collins was born in Connecticut, U.S., and has been
married to his wife, Evelyn, for 44 years. They have one son, Henry.
“I know Michael and am aware of his service to the church
throughout the world. I believe that he will provide good, effective service to
the church in a timely fashion. I think the committee made an excellent
choice,” remarks Mark Johnson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
comprises approximately 4069 members, 42 churches, and four schools. Their
mission is to carry out the commission of Christ to lead people to salvation in
Jesus, teach them Biblical faith and the Christian lifestyle, equip them to
serve their churches and communities with their God-given abilities, and
prepare them to meet their soon-coming Lord.
For more information, contact:
Stan Jensen, Communication Director
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada