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Grace Fellowship welcomes Drew Collins as pastor

LANA MUTHLER/THE EXPRESS Pastor Drew Collins and his wife Grace are pictured outside Grace Fellowship Church in Avis.

AVIS — He enjoys music. He adores his wife Grace. And he loves the Lord.

Pastor Drew Collins is excited to be the new pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Avis.

And after a lenthy search for just the right person to lead the small community church, the congregation is excited, too.

Although Drew has served as assistant pastor in churches in Ohio, Grace Fellowship is his first church as pastor.

But you wouldn’t know it.

He has quickly captured the hearts of his new church family as he uses his high energy, knowledge of the Bible and most importantly a way of teaching and preaching that captivates their attention.

That’s important to Drew.

“Jesus met people where they were in life. This is my example to follow. My calling to serve the Lord relies heavily on my willingness to give my full attention to each and every person I encounter, regardless of their current circumstances, with the goal of helping them cultivate their personal relationship with Christ,” Drew said.

Even after several years as a licensed and ordained pastor, Drew said he still gets a little nervous. He is focused on reaching everyone in the congregation with his sermons. “I want to keep the scholarly from not getting bored while also making sure the uneducated are not left out in the weeds,” he said, a friendly smile on his face as he talks about his life and the move to Pennsylvania.

Drew explains the Bible in ways everyone can understand and keeps people’s attention in the way he speaks. He genuinely cares about people and it shows. He wants people to understand the Bible and use God’s words in their lives.

Drew initially thought he’d end up with a career in music. As a membr of a band that was quite successful and produced three albums, and serving as entertainment director for Dick Clark Productions, his life was in music, performing arts and entertainment.

But God apparently had different plans for him.

Eleven years ago he left a life of performing arts, film, art and design and decided to give his skill sets to God and serve God. He entered Ohio Christian University and became a pastor.

He served two churches as assistant pastor, as well as providing spiritual leadership to the Kairos prison ministry and directing the MAARS ministry (Musicians & Artists Addiction Recovery Thru Salvation), before accepting the call to Grace Fellowship.

“Everything I’ve been tasked with by God has only been achieved by His grace and my Grace — my wife — who has been my support system, administrator, web director, prayer partner and loving rival in serving God and His children,” Drew said of his journey.

In July, Drew and Grace moved from Ohio to Lock Haven and began sharing the Gospel with their new church family at Grace Fellowship.

He’s hoping to grow the little church on the hill overlooking Route 220.

Afterall, that’s what it’s all about — serving the Lord in spreading the Gospel, reaching out to others, and leading them to personal relationships with Jesus Christ.

And Drew’s determined to do just that.

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