On March 1, 2016, W. Darwin Collins retired after 44 years of salaried ministry. He accepted to serve in retirement as a consultant for planned giving with the Christian Church Foundation and as the Director of Philanthropy for Bethany College.
Prior to his retirement Darwin served as Vice President of the Christian Church Foundation for eight years. Rev. Collins came to the Foundation position after 14 years as the Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania.
Darwin received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. In 1974, he attained a Master of Arts degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and in 1976, from the same institution, Darwin received a Master of Divinity Degree. He attained a Doctor of Ministry degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2003. He was honored by Bethany College in 2002 with an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
Darwin was ordained into the ministry on March 21, 1976, at Central Christian Church in Uniontown. He served that congregation for 22 years as a student minister, associate minister and for 16 years as Senior Minister. His years in Uniontown were marked by active service on the YMCA Board for 12 years, Fayette County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board and as a volunteer radio host of a talk show for 18 years.
From 1977 until 1992, he was a member of the Uniontown YMCA Board of Directors. He served as president of that board from 1986 until 1992. During that time he was chairman of the New Building Committee of the First Phase of the new Uniontown Area YMCA. This committee completed a $2.5 million construction project. During those years he directed two capital projects in the community of the first phase of a new Y for $2.5 million and a housing project for seniors valued at $1.8 million.
Additionally, Darwin has served on numerous boards and committees within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including its General Board for nearly twenty years. He was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for Bethany College in 2004.
Darwin is married to Rachel (Gerke) (Class of 75) and has two daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Rachel, 32, and Anna Lauren (Collins) Danley, 28.
Darwin can be reached at 304.829.7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.