Dr. Collier has twenty-five years of community and pastoral leadership and social entrepreneurship both locally and internationally in multi-faith and cross-cultural environments. He has a proven track record in organizing, creating and implementing community programs involving staff and volunteer development, donors, hands-on engagement and executive level leadership. Todd lives by an inclusive vision of “practical ecumenism,” where people of faith engage in meeting the needs of their communities.
After a career in business, Todd was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1994. Dr. Collier served as a Chaplain at Memorial Herman Hospital, Houston; and served Presbyterian churches in Dallas, Houston, Bay City, Texas, and Savannah, Georgia. His crowning achievement as Founder of Faith in Practice has become one of the largest ecumenical medical missions in Guatemala. Beginning in 1991, Todd was compelled by his compassion for the poor. Based in Houston, Faith in Practice currently involves over a thousand volunteers a year. Skilled medical professionals venture forth from several U.S. cities operating in state-of-the-art facilities built by Faith in Practice in a collaborative venture with the Franciscans in Antigua, Guatemala. Volunteers donate their surgical, medical, dental and needed support skills to meet the medical and spiritual needs of the poor, as well as implement and oversee a VIA/Cryo Cervical Cancer Screening Program. In 2012 over 1100 volunteers worked alongside 700 Guatemalan volunteers treating over 23,000 people. In 2005 Todd was honorably recognized as “Founder Emeritus.”
Todd currently serves as Director, Memnosyne Institute’s Center for Interfaith Initiatives in Dallas, Texas. As Director, Todd launched the Interfaith Service Network (ISN), the annual Juneteenth Festival, and the DFW area’s Hunger Task Force (HTF). Both are hands-on collaborative efforts of non-profits, foundations, businesses, community based organizations, churches, temples, mosques, and other service oriented institutions. Our purpose is to engage in interfaith conversation and service as we seek common ground to meet the needs of our local communities.
Todd grew up in Oklahoma City and stems from pioneer stock dating back to the land run in 1889. Dr. Collier has a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM.