1970-1979

Announcement Date: April 9, 1970

In 1970, Rev. John W. Collins accepted the call to pastor the Tampa Twenty-Second Street Church of God. He arrived in Tampa with his wife Geneva in 1970. A second parsonage was purchased
at 3412 22nd Avenue. The Collins’ were the first residents. Under Pastor Collins leadership, central air and heating system was installed in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. The Junior Missionaries and the Senior Missionaries were combined and renamed Women of the Church of God (WCG) and led by Sis. Geneva Collins. The first Board of Education was established with Sis. Bertha Kemp as leader. Pastor Collins retired and he and his wife made Lakeland, Florida their retirement home in 1979.