Our Music Director
Charles Collins served as organist/choir director in UCC, Presbyterian, and Lutheran congregations in St. Louis, Missouri for 23 years before moving to Sturgis. He has worked as a teacher, accompanist, and music director for a variety of community choirs, schools, and colleges, as well as offering private lessons in piano and voice.
His education includes a post-graduate certificate in vocal pedagogy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a graduate degree in piano from Webster University in St. Louis. He counts as one of the high points of his life a year spent as an exchange student in Tampere, Finland.
Besides his leadership of our St. John’s music program, involvement in ministries like Welcome Wednesdays and Friday Friendship Lunch, Charles works for the Sturgis School District as assistant and accompanist.
Charles enjoys distance running, reading, and cooking. His move to Sturgis reminds him of the small town sense of community and slower pace of his childhood, after many years of living in a larger city.