Our History

Collierville Connected was born July 7, 2016 when a small group of leaders at Collierville United Methodist Church caught a vision to reach out into our immediate neighborhood to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Within four months, the group had grown to include EIGHT other Collierville churches inspired to connect, build, and strengthen relationships across our community for the betterment of all. After surveys and neighborhood meetings at the Collierville VFW, Collierville Connected's first two initiatives were launched.

November 11, 2017, the first Neighborhood Resource Center opened at Collierville United Methodist Church Sanctuary on the Square to receive guests on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Just one year later, the second Neighborhood Resource Center was opened for the Saturday guests at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church at the corner of Sycamore and Highway 72.

Concurrent with the opening of the first Neighborhood Resource Center, Collierville Connected launched its Little Free Libraries initiative. Books are donated from the Collierville Burch library, local citizens, private sources and supplemented by funds to fill in the gaps. By September 2019, there were almost 10 Little Free Libraries throughout the Collierville neighborhoods.

The Affordable Preschool Committee, our third initiative, began meeting in April 2018 to determine a practical way to help children be better prepared for entering and succeeding in Kindergarten. They launched their inaugural event September 21, 2019, the Preschool Readiness Program held at St. Mark MBC over four Saturday mornings. Numerous families took part in this first outreach to help parents, grandparents, and guardians with early childhood success.

Our volunteers, coalition of churches and community keep our organization Connected to the pulse and life of Collierville. We gather for bi-annual neighborhood meetings at the local VFW where we have a meal, local speakers, door prizes and great fellowship. Collierville Connected has also been present at several events around the Town, e.g. The Fair on the Square, Collierville Business Expo and the Collierville Schools Back to School Event. 

January 2020 Collierville Connected launched its first Board of Directors as a non-profit organization. Supported by 9+ churches, dozens of volunteers, and numerous organizations and donors, we look forward to helping change lives by keeping Collierville Connected!

Our Mission

A group of churches working in partnership with Collierville neighborhoods, capitalizing on community and individual assets for the betterment of the common good of children and families, to create opportunities, inspire hope, equip and mobilize persons toward a brighter future, and share Christ’s love.

Our Vision

Collierville Churches and community partnering with our neighborhoods to holistically address the spiritual yearnings of mind, body, and soul by sharing God’s incarnational love.

Coalition of Churches: 

Catholic Church of the Incarnation • Collierville United Methodist Church • Epiphany Lutheran Church
Mount Olive #2 Missionary Baptist Church • New Direction Christian Church • New Shelby Missionary Baptist Church
St. James Christian Methodist Episcopal Church • St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church • The Dwelling Place International Church

 

2020 Board Members: 

Class of 2020
Tommy Hart, Collierville UMC • Rev. Lonnie Royal, Christ UMC • Joe Wyrick, Treasurer, Germantown UMC

Class of 2021
Jeannie Jones, Collierville UMC • Annette Key, Vice Chair, New Shelby MBC • Liza Bryson, Catholic Church of the Incarnation • Miranda Bryant

Class of 2022
Pastor LaDaryl Odum, St. Mark MBC • Deborah Suddarth, Chair, Collierville UMC • Bob Vornbrock, Collierville UMC

 
 

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