At Collierville United Methodist Church we rely on employing hard-working, Christ followers who work to fulfill our vision and mission. Our teams work together to pursue the heart of God in all efforts.
Deborah was born and raised in Oklahoma, graduating from Elgin High School. Deborah began going to church when she was in Kindergarten at Grace United Methodist Church, Altus, Oklahoma. While at Red Rock Canyon church camp during her senior year of high school, Deborah felt called to youth ministry . She attended Oklahoma City University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in Psychology. She moved to Nashville and attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she focused on Pastoral Counseling. As a mom, wife, and pastor, she later obtained a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Deborah and her husband Trey have 2 children: Reese and Douglas.
TONDALA HAYWARD Associate Pastor
Rev. Tondala Hayward was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has conferred a Bachelor of Science in Education with sociology minor from the University of Memphis, Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. She taught students at Shelby County Schools, Youth Villages and Perea Preschool. She’s an effective communicator of God’s word and is known for her practical preaching style, which helps listeners understand scripture through reason and experience. Leading and participating in ministries in churches and communities has afforded her with many opportunities to express the love of Christ. Being a pastor and licensed teacher undergirds her with tools to cultivate individuals spiritually, academically and mentally.
HARRY DURBIN Interim Pastor
Harry has returned to serve as our Interim Pastor following the passing of Rev. David Atkinson, our previous Senior Pastor. Some will remember him from the 13 years he served at Collierville UMC. Following his time at Collierville UMC, he served for seven years as the Senior V-P for Faith and Health at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.
Durbin’s passions for ministry include finding new ways to express God’s love to others, missions, helping others both discover Jesus and deepen their walk with Him and connecting issues and matters related to faith and health. He holds a B.S. from Union University, a M.Div from Southern Seminary, a M.Ed. from the University of Memphis, and a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Harry and his wife, Constance Ellis, have two grown children, Amanda, and Harry, Jr. Harry Jr. is married to Shannon Rogers and they are parents to Claire and Harrison, ages ten and twelve.