New Year, New Ministry: Meet Our Interim Rector



The Rev. Gerald S. Collins (Jay)

The Reverend Gerald S. Collins (Jay) is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He serves in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and has been an ordained priest for 21 years. Father Jay is a graduate of Morgan State University, earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He received the degree of Master of Professional Studies in Church Administration from New York Theological Seminary and Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He also earned a Certificate of Summer Study in Biblical and theological study from the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Jay has served as Interim Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Doylestown, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hampton Bays, NY, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Fairborn, Ohio. He has also served as Rector of parish churches.

Jay has served on the following committees and commissions: Program and Budget Committee, Commission on Ministry and Environmental Initiative Committee. He chaired the Diocese of Maryland’s annual Summit On the City. The Summit’s theme: “Unemployment and the Church’s Response.”  Jay has also served on the board of St. Stephen’s Court Apartments, and the Advisory Board of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and Baltimore Healthy Start.  He has published sermons for The Episcopal Church’s weekly series entitled Sermons That Work. Jay also contributed collects for the Office of Black Ministries.  He is a former George Freeman Bragg Fellow and a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Jay is a member of the Philadelphia Cathedral Chapter and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas/AECST, Philadelphia (the nation's first African American Episcopal parish chuch founded in 1792). He is privileged to serve AECST as an Associate Priest.  

With a focus on pastoral care and a passion for social justice, Jay is honored to join Trinity Church Oxford’s family of faith.  He looks forward to starting the journey on January 1, 2018 – the inauguration of a new year and a new ministry.