Rev. Felicia Yvette Collins
In 2011, The Reverend Felicia Yvette Collins was appointed Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Coxsackie, New York by Bishop Richard Norris, Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District which was her first pastoral appointment. In 2013 Rev. Collins received her second appointment at Bethel AME in Schenectady New York where she currently services as the shepherd at 540 Mumford Street in the city of Schenectady, New York. Rev. Collins’ family roots in the A.M.E. Church goes back over 80 years where her great grandmother Lovie Paige Jones served as a Missionary, Sunday school teacher, and did whatever needed to be done at Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. in Mississippi.
Her great grandmother frequently hosted local ministers in her home; and today the Missionary Society at Allen Chapel bears her name. So, we can see that before Rev. Collins, was knitted in her mother’s womb, Sister Jones’ love for the Church and willingness to serve, prepared and laid the African Methodism foundation for her great granddaughter to be an ordained itinerant Elder of the Western New York Conference in the First Episcopal District in 2010. Rev. Collins is very well prepared to respond to the call to preach and lead. Under the guidance and mentoring of the Rev. Dr. Edward B. Smart, Pastor of “First” Israel A.M.E. Church in Albany, New York she learned how to shepherd God’s people. She preached her trial sermon from Jonah Chapter entitled “Going Full Circle” March 15, 2005 at Israel A.M.E. Church in Albany, New York and licensed to preach by the distinguished former Presiding Elder of the Western New York Conference Elder James E.F. Lawrence on April 4, 2005. In May 2006 she was accepted into the 10th Session of the Western New York Annual Conference by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris in Albany, New York at Israel A.M.E. Church. To God be the glory in May 2008 she received her itinerant ordination in the A.M.E. Church as a Deacon at 12th Session of the Western New York Conference. May 2010, she received her itinerant Elder’s Orders. Rev. Collins holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Siena College in Loudonville, New York; Master of Arts degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York in Educational Psychology and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. She worked for the Research Foundation of the State University at Albany for over fourteen years and is currently the Director of the Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at The Sages Colleges on both the Albany and Troy campuses. In addition, she is member of the Western New York Women in Ministry on the local and connectional levels and has taught in the ministerial institute for 3 years.When she is not being a pastor to the congregation and a college administrator, she will be found in the company of her two young adults, son, DeVar and daughter, Whitney. Rev. Felicia Yvette Collins, a Woman of God, appointed by God for such a time as this; her motto is: Just watch me, because with God we can do the impossible.