Episode 14: A Life of Ministry and What Mattered Most with Cody Collier

If you have served in ministry for any length of time you will experience great joys and great sorrows. In this episode, we had the honor and privilege of talking with Revered Cody Collier who recently retired after over 40 years in ministry serving United Methodist churches in Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri. Cody reflects on the powerful moments he experienced in ministry, a regret he carries, an experience with the KKK, and an interesting encounter in college with Oprah Winfrey.

About Cody: Cody is a native of Nashville, Tenn., and a graduate of Tennessee State University. He earned the Master of Divinity Degree in 1979 from Gammon Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., where he received the James H. Clark Preaching Award. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gammon Seminary.

He has served churches in Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri. In 1984, he became a member of the Missouri West Annual Conference and has pastored Longview and One Spirit United Methodist Churches in Kansas City before becoming district superintendent of the former Kansas City North and then Heartland South Districts. He is presently assistant to the Bishop and lives in Independence.