Village Baptist Church | Wanda Collins
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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6


I was born in Georgetown, SC in 1952 to very loving parents. Mama had eight children. We were raised knowing how to take care of our vegetable garden, to fish and hunt. We raised our own chickens also. Life in the country was good as we kids played in the woods building forts in fire lanes and not worrying about staying out for hours. Attending church on Sunday morning and night and on Wednesday was just part of our life. I became a Christian when I was eight. As a teenager, I went to church camp every year, growing closer to the Lord as I learned more about my walk with Him. Being very involved in our youth group was such a blessing as all bonded together in our faith.


After high school in 1971, I married my love, Ronnie Collins. We lived in Fort Walton Beach the first nine months, then bought a small home in Destin in 1972. We become members of the First Baptist Church of Destin at that time. After a couple of years my husband joined the Marine Corps, so I became a military wife. After three years in The Corps, we came back to our home in Destin.


In 1984 we joined Village Baptist Church. It was a fit from the beginning. I worked as an administrative assistant for the Okaloosa County School Board for almost 27 years. After having cancer, then surgery, I didn’t work for over two years. It was at that time that Pastor Steve offered the Ministry Assistant job to me here at Village and I am now in my third year. I believe this is where the Lord wanted me and really enjoy what I do. This job was an answer to many prayers.


My hope for Village is for us to be a body of Christ that shows compassion and grace, to be “one” in the mind of Christ, and reflect God in all we do as His disciples.