In Memory of Robert Collins
(West Central Baptist Association Director of Mission)
I first met Robert Collins several years ago. He traveled from Warrensburg to Harrisonville to meet me for lunch. I was interested in pursuing the pastorate and asked him for help. We discussed the churches of West Central Baptist Association and life in general. It was a good time and I appreciated his time. About a year or so after meeting with Robert, I became your pastor. He was very kind and encouraging towards me, glad that I became a pastor in the association he loved. By the way, he had many great things to say about the people of Holden First Baptist.
Robert had a passion to serve Jesus and the churches of West Central. Even though he had to battle health problems, he sought to keep serving these churches. In reading his newsletters, he often spoke about the need for reaching non-Christians and getting into the Bible. Just last month, his article encouraged us to get into Bible study. Churches that do that are usually on the right track. Seeing him at meetings and events was a joy.
Many of you have built a relationship with Robert and his wife, Brenda. He was a friend as well as the "DOM" as they say. He will certainly be missed though we know the Lord is taking care of His servant. The best way we can honor his memory is to take his advice and work at reaching people with the Gospel and growing in God's Word. Walking with Jesus is the main thing. As we do that, let us keep Brenda in our prayers as well as the West Central Baptist Association.