The Episcopal Church of the Advent      

Palm City, Florida

The Congregation and Vestry

are honored and blessed to welcome

The Reverend Aaron Paul Collins

as the new Rector of Church of the Advent

Fr. Paul was born in 1954 in Arakonam, India, son of Abraham and Mary. In 1979 he earned a BS degree in Zoology, Botany, and Chemistry from the University of Madras. He received his degree in Divinity from the University of Serampore and a Master’s degree (M.Th.) in 1997.


In 2000 Fr. Paul was ordained as Deacon at Church of North India - St. Paul’s Church in Pune, India and as Presbyter at the Church of the Holy Name in 2001. Before his ordination, Fr. Paul served as a faculty in the Department of Biblical Studies at Union Biblical Seminary (1997 – 2001). He also supervised the publication and distribution of Christian Education (Sunday School) materials in 26 Indian languages (1979 – 1990).


In October of 2001, Fr. Paul arrived in the USA to pursue his research interest in the Pauline Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky.


He served first as Associate Priest for the Church of the Resurrection and Saint Raphael’s Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky and later as Assistant to the Rector at Ascension, and Priest in Charge at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He also served as rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Kentucky. He now comes to us from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cleveland, Ohio.


Fr. Paul has many strengths: a strong academic background, a deep and reverent love of God, a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, respect for liturgical form, tenderness for making pastoral calls to the sick and elderly; a gift for empowering others to utilize their talents; and a passion and love for his parishioners – all God’s people.


Anita, his wife, is a school teacher. Together they have three children: Jennifer, Andrew, and Mary.


In his words: “I am called to this Church by the Lord.”


This Week at Church of the Advent

Monday, Jul 22 at 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday, Jul 22 at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Jul 23 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, Jul 24 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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