Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa

Pastor Garrett and Samantha Collins

I am overjoyed to be starting my ministerial journey as the pastor of Palmyra and Stokesburg UMC. My family comes from a whirlwind summer. Samantha and I got married at the end of May. She is finishing her Physician's Assistant degree at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. So as of right now I'm holding down the fort here in southern Stokes County with our cat and dog.

I was born and raised in small towns across western North Carolina as the son of an United Methodist Minister. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergrad (Go Heels!) and then attended Duke Divinity School until my graduation in May of '17. My call into ministry came from my times working at Camp Tekoa in college and was nurtured by the wonderful people God has put in my life.

I am an avid admirer of all of God's creation and celebrate this in any way that I can. This is made known in my love for the great outdoors and my passion for people and animals. I believe in the radical Social-Gospel that is at the heart of Christ's message. We are called as a church and community to live into this work and do all that we can for the world by God's love. The Spirit is here in this community and I look forward to experiencing and being a part of what is happening in Germanton and Walnut Cove.

If anyone has a desire to know more about myself or what God is doing in these churches, don't hesitate to call, text or email.


Pastor Garrett Collins