The May Young Adult Devotion Writer
YPM is proud to introduce the new young adult devotion contributor for May, Collins Etchi Ako. Take a second to learn more about Collins below, and check back on Wednesday, the 6th, to read the first of his four devotions.
Collins Etchi Ako has been affiliated with the Cameroon Mission Initiative of the United Methodist Church since its creation in February 2002. Collins is married to best friend and former youth and young adult ministries colleague, Anne Greta. Anne is a Primary School Teacher and Child Psychologist from the Government Teachers Training College of Yaounde- Cameroon. They have three lovely kids; Logy, Nina and Uriel.
Born 33 years ago in a remote village (Mundemba), in the South West Region of Cameroon, Collins grew up in Buea and finally moved to the city capital after becoming an orphan at a very tender age. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Sciences from the Protestant University of Central Africa. Collins is presently finishing a double Masters Degree in Peace and Development (Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution) / Theology and Religious Sciences (World Religions and Interfaith Dialogue) at the Protestant University of Central Africa. His other domain of education is Political Sciences with special focus in international relations.
Last year, Collins began the candidacy process for ordination in the United Methodist. He is presently serving as an intern with Blessing United Methodist Church, Simbock-Yaounde, in the Cameroon Mission Initiative of the United Methodist Church. Collins leads liturgy and preaches regularly during Sunday services and other church programs. He also serves the Church in Cameroon as the National Youth and Young Adult President for the Cameroon Mission Initiative. Collins is also a very talented interpreter and translator for French and English. He has been responsible for the conception and implementation of different youth and young adult leadership programs, health and community development programs for the church in Cameroon. In 2014, he served as Chair Person for the planning team of the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly of the United Methodist Church in Tagaytay-Philipines. Collins has written devotionals for the Youth and Young Adult Blog of the World Methodist Council and other Christian programs/organizations. He is also the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the John Wesley Foundation of Cameroon.
Collins aspires to merge his education in Theology and Religious Sciences, Peace and Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action and his passion for youth and young adult ministries, to become a multidisciplinary Youth and Young Adult Advocate and Resource Person for the global church. When not in academia, Collins does Shotokan Karate, plays soccer and sings for La Grand Chorale of the Protestant University of Central Africa where he also serves as president