Bryan Daniel Collier is the Founding Pastor and also the Lead Pastor of The Orchard: A Multisite United Methodist Congregation in Tupelo, Mississippi. With its five sites throughout northeast Mississippi, The Orchard is focused on Growing Deep in the Love of Jesus and Branching Out to others with that love.
Prior to planting The Orchard, Bryan served four pastorates in The Mississippi and Kentucky Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church.
In 1991 he earned a BS degree, Cum Laude in Education from Mississippi State University. He began his Masters of Divinity Program at Asbury Theological Seminary in the fall of 1991 and while serving pastorates in Kentucky earned his degree in the spring 1994. Receiving a Beeson Fellowship Grant in 1997, his research focus was in the arena of systems theory and it’s impact as a tool of the leader. Bryan adapted much of MIT Professor Peter Senge’s seminal work, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization for church use. Bryan has been an ordained Elder in The Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1996 and in 2014 began his 23rd year in pastoral ministry. His interests include leadership issues, church for the unchurched and cultural dissection.
He is passionate about helping people at all stages of faith Grow Deep in the love of God and Branch Out to others with that love. His passion extends to helping leaders and organizations facilitate this growth. To that end he is the author of Becoming An Orchard, Xulon Press, 2006 and The Go-To Church, Abingdon Press, 2013
Bryan is a sports enthusiast, a voracious reader and enjoys hiking and the outdoors. He has been married to Wendy for 23 years and they have a daughter Olivia and a son, Houston.