The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Bryan Collier, the lead pastor at the Orchard in Tupelo, Mississippi, will make a presentation at its Fifth Global Gathering – Go Global! – at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
“Bryan Collier is an incredibly humble and even self-effacing pastor,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the WCA. “Despite leading the Orchard Church to phenomenal growth across northeast Mississippi, he ignores the numbers, keeps the church focused on telling the lost about Jesus, and inviting them to become his followers. Bryan is passionate about creating a global Methodist movement where connected local churches partner together to proclaim the time honored and life giving teachings of the Christian faith.”
At the Global Gathering, Collier will close out the day with a presentation entitled, “Shalom: For the Healing of the Nations,” based on the Book of Revelation’s celestial vision of the new Jerusalem.
Collier is the founding pastor of the Orchard Church, a multi campus congregation with locations in Baldwyn, Oxford, and Starkville, Mississippi, in addition to its main campus in Tupelo. Started by 24 people who met in a furniture warehouse to plan a launch service in 1998, the Orchard now attracts thousands of people to its many worship services, its small group ministries, and to mission programs that span the globe.
“”I am part of the Wesleyan Covenant Association because of Bryan,” said the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore, lead pastor at Mosaic Church and chairwoman of the WCA Global Council. “His leadership, character, and faith are what gave me confidence in this vision in the early days. And I could not ask for a better mentor and friend in ministry. Bryan and The Orchard have supported and loved me well over many years. I’m grateful for his contributions to ministry – both personally and globally – and can’t wait to hear him share some solid inspiration with us at the Global assembly.”
A founding member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Council, Collier received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University (Starkville) and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Kentucky). He chronicled his church’s growth in the book Becoming an Orchard, and he also authored The Go-To Church.
He and he wife Wendy live in Tupelo.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the WCA has capped attendance for Go Global! at 1,000 at Frazer Church where two venues will allow for very generous social distancing. In addition to the host site there will be numerous simulcast sites across the United States where people can also participate in the WCA’s Fifth Global Gathering. Local pandemic protocols will be observed at the host site and all simulcast sites. The WCA is also offering an individual livestream option.
To learn more about the gathering visit Go Global! online. People can register to attend the host site at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, or one of a number of simulcast sites across the U.S.