Who is Keith Donald Johnson Collins?
In November, 1985 Keith was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by the Inner City Faith Congress of Philadelphia. At the age of 19 he preached his “initial sermon” and received his ministerial license. He has served in the capacity of Assistant Pastor at Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship in Philadelphia from February1992 until July 2000 under Bishop Gilbert Coleman Jr.
On the third Sunday in July 2000, Pastor Collins taught his first lesson as the Pastor of Church of the Overcomer. In 2004 Pastor Keith was ordained by the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He is committed to “Holistic” ministry as he works with marginalized adults and at-risk youth in Trainer Pennsylvania. Pastor Keith also serves as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College.
Pastor Collins is a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa., he holds Master Biblical Studies & Doctor of Ministry Degrees from Friends International Christian University. In March of this year Pastor Collins received the “Presidential Community Service Award” from President Barack Obama.
Keith Collins was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Central High School for Boys, where he lettered in football and received the coveted Barnwell Award for Academic Excellence. Keith and his wife Carolyn have been married for 30 years; they have two sons Carlton and Brandon. They currently reside in Ridley Park Pennsylvania.
Pastor Collins is an avid reader and loves to travel. In his spare time he participates in cycling and long distance running events. He recently completed two marathons (Suzuki Rock & Roll in San Diego, California, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida) as a part of the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training. On most weekends you can find Pastor Keith (as he is affectionately called) enjoying his grandchildren Brittany and Isaiah.
Because of his intense desire to reach the world with the Gospel and deepen his sensitivity to other cultures, he has been blessed to travel on missionary trips to Ghana and Nigeria West Africa. Pastor Collins has also completed a Pilgrimage Study to the Holy Land visiting Israel, Egypt and Greece.
Those that sit under his teaching will discover their Destiny through the revelation of God’s Word.
Military Service 1980 - 1988
Army ROTC: commission as 2nd Lieutenant, May 1982 as an (Infantry) Served in Special Forces Unit, Scout Platoon Leader and Tow Platoon Leader. Distinguished Military Student Award, Recondo Badge, U.S. Army AIRBORNE School, Infantry Officer Basic Course (June 1984), Army Achievement Medal
Law Enforcement 1985 to 1990
Temple University Campus Police – Campus Police Officer
Port Authority Transit Police Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Corporal of Police
Received Unit Citations, Letters of Commendation and Appreciation
Business 1989- 2000
Primerica Financial Services/Citigroup, Obtained Series 6, 63 and 26 with the NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers)
Adjunct Professor: Delaware County Community College, Heath Missions College
Instructor: Philadelphia Mennonite High School
“From Coach to First Class” (End Time Wave publishers 1997)
“The Responsibility of Redemption” (Motivating Men To Transform Their Community – Geneva College 1997)
Founding member of the Chester Re-Entry Collaborative-Working to minimize recidivism in Delaware County
Organized a neighborhood rally against drugs in September of 1986 and successfully closed down a known drug trafficking operation at 5th & Poplar Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Participated with the Leukemia Society of America’s Team In Training Program raising over $7,000.00 for cancer research by completing the Rock N Roll
Marathon and the Disney World Marathon
Mentoring 1997 to Present
Facilitator of “Boys2Men” A program for young men 13-19 years old, consisting of a Relational Phase, Instructional Phase and, Crossing Ceremony
Founder of “Tomorrow’s Scholar” Mentoring first generation college students from at-risk backgrounds and “Prison to Praise” working with ex-offenders and their families.
Who’s Who In America
2004/2005 Edition for outstanding service to Society and the community of Faith