Welcome to Our New Staff Member

We are happy to announce that Sister Michelle Collins has accepted the call to serve as Assistant to the Bishop for the MNO Synod. She will begin her duties in April or as soon as she’s able to finalize the immigration process and relocate to Winnipeg. As Assistant to the Bishop, Sr. Michelle will work with Bishop Jason and the synod council, alongside all rostered leaders and congregational leaders, to strengthen the synod’s vision of discipleship, transformation, community and connection.

When asked about her passion for this position, Sr. Michelle responded, “What excites me about this position is the opportunity to participate in the shared ministry vision of being empowered by God, shepherding the church and serving the world.  I am excited to see what God is doing in and through the people and congregations of the MNO Synod, and am humbled at the invitation to participate in God’s mission in this context.”

Sister Michelle Collins was consecrated in the ELCA as a Minister of Word and Service in 2011, at Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne, Florida.  She is rostered as a Deacon in the ELCA and is a member of the Deaconess Community of the ELCA.  Most recently, she has been serving the Florida-Bahamas Synod as the Director for Communication and Discipleship.  Since being called as a Deacon, Sr. Michelle has provided leadership and support in a variety of faith formation and communication ministries throughout the synod. Throughout her ministry, Sr. Michelle has been deeply involved in faith formation ministry for all ages, communications, ecumenical and global mission partnership support, and leadership formation.

Sr. Michelle has a degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University (Indiana) and in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen College (Minnesota).  She received an M.A. in Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary (Minnesota) in 2007.

Please welcome Sr. Michelle to your synod staff with the confidence that her presence will strengthen the purpose of the Office of the Bishop, and strengthen our ministry together in MNO.