Christopher D. Collier was born on February 5, 1974 to the parents of William and Shirley Collier. He was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Elder Collier attended Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith Inc., where the pastor is Bishop James A. Johnson.
At an early age, Elder Collier was baptized at the age of 6 and received the Holy Ghost at the age of 7. From then on, Elder Collier was very active in the church; he was an usher, organ player, saxophone player, and choir director. He was also very active in his state council, Midwestern District Council.
After graduating from High School, Elder Collier moved to Kansas City, MO, where he attended the University Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. During his stay in Kansas City he attended Christ Temple Church where the pastor is Suffragan Bishop Mark C. Tolbert. In 1992, God called Elder Collier into the ministry, ever since that day, God has been doing a quick work in his life.
In 1996, Elder Collier found a “good thing” and obtained favor from the Lord by marrying Sis. Le’Rhonda (Mimms) Collier. They now share the joy of their two daughters Jazzmine Sy’less and Alyssa Christine Collier.
God has richly blessed Elder Collier in the gospel music industry; he has recorded and played with some of the best; Thompson Community Choir, Chuck Smith, Kim Burrell, Joy Unlimited, Mark Hubbard and DeWayne Woods. He also, served as Vice-President and producer of Shakin’ the Mountain Productions, which has produced several album projects; Bishop Mark Tolbert and Temple Worship, The N.W.D.C. Mass Choir and Friends, Min. John Mark Tolbert, and DeWayne Woods and When Singers Meet.
Elder Collier accepted his calling to being the founder and Senior Pastor of New Life Empowerment Center in St. Louis, MO., after his Father in the Gospel Bishop Mark C. Tolbert, Thursday, April 28th, 2011, laid hands on him.
Through life’s ups and downs, Elder Collier has learned what it means to be “more than a conquer”. He is determined more than ever before to reach out to a dying world, and let them know that there is a God that wants to empower them for destiny and give them a New Life. Elder Collier believes – “If we learn to be honest with God, others, and ourselves we will find that we hold the very key in our own hands to our own success. But, we must learn that when we are converted, that we must strengthen our brethren. We must watch as well as pray and also, maintain the INTEGRITY OF THE GOSPEL and continue to help one another to achieve the visions that God would have for our lives, for the building of His Kingdom.”