Colin was born in Ethiopia into a missionary family but grew up in Southern Alberta. Being raised in a ministry-minded home created a sense of missional living that has followed him ever since. He graduated from Briercrest Bible College in 1990 and embarked on 20 years of Youth Pastoring in places such as Taber, Salmon Arm, Three Hills, and then Didsbury. There was a short detour that included Commercial Aviation in Peace River.
Half of Colin's Pastoral Ministry Career has been spent at the Zion EMC in Didsbury, first of all as a Youth Pastor; then as an Associate Pastor focusing on Community and Global Outreach. During this time he earned a Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) from Fuller Theological Seminary. Following 13 years in Didsbury, he served at Bonavista EMC in Calgary for four years where he was an Associate Pastor. These were formative years for Colin to transition into a Lead Pastor role again at Zion EMC in Didsbury where he currently serves.
Missions, youth, community, and social justice are all intertwined for Colin, and he has enjoyed pastoring in churches that have been woven into their communities. He has been married to Patty for 28 years and they have a son, Zach (Emily) and a daughter, Anika (Owen).