A Church with a BIG Heart for Missions

This is a FIRST for this website!

Today, I am highlighting a great church in the Memphis area from a completely different perspective.

In this feature, you will get to hear about all of the great things going on at a church from the viewpoint of the pastor’s wife!

(I may just start a new trend with this idea!)

Today’s church is one of the pillar churches in our community.

Located in the heart of East Memphis, this congregation has been faithfully meeting, giving, ministering, and sending out missionaries for many years.

It’s Kirby Woods Baptist Church.

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And, today, you get to meet their pastor’s wife!

Her name is Myra Collier, and I had the chance to talk to her recently.

She shared some of the amazing things God is doing in and through Kirby Woods.

I thought you might enjoy hearing what she had to say:

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Melanie: How did you come to serve at Kirby Woods?

Myra: In 2008, Dr. Bob Pitman retired after serving KWBC for 20 years. Someone recommended us to Kirby’s search committee.

  • We were serving Oakhurst Baptist in Clarksdale, MS; we loved the church and the people.
  • After a six-month process, the committee recommended us to KWBC and we were called to pastor the church.
  • Throughout the whole process, God spoke to us clearly through His word that we were to be at Kirby. The passage He used most was Hebrews 10:36-39.

Melanie: How long have you been there?

Myra: Seven years. We came to Kirby Woods in October of 2008. They are pictured below.

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Melanie: Would you mind telling us a little about your family?

Myra: Jim is from Brandon, Florida and I am from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina.

  • We have been married for 22 years.
  • We have two children: Rebecca, a sophomore at University of Memphis, and Joshua, a junior at Houston High School.
  • Jim served in the US Army for 12 years before God called us to ministry.
  • I home-schooled our children each until their ninth-grade year.
  • We love to travel together, whether to the beach or on a mission trip.
  • The family is pictured below at Jim’s graduation for his PhD.

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Melanie: What has been the greatest joy in your ministry at Kirby?

Myra: For our family: Easter of 2015, we saw our fifteen-year-old son confess Christ publicly through baptism.

  • For my personal walk: my mission trips to Naples, Italy and to the Cumberland Gap Association have been great opportunities to serve and share the gospel.
  • For our church: We have seen many trust Christ and follow Him in baptism, adults and children. Each one represents a soul saved and prayers answered.
  • Jim is pictured preaching below.

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Melanie: What is really GOOD at the church?

Myra: We are a unique family.

  • We feel like a large small church.
  • We have four different congregations: our main congregation, our deaf congregation, our Korean congregation, and our Hispanic congregation.
  • We are serious about missions.
  • One of the teams is pictured below.

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Melanie: Tell us about some of Kirby’s missions and church plants.

Myra: We are a missions giving church.

  • We give significantly to Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, and Tennessee Golden Offering for State Missions.
  • We are a missions sending church. We have numerous IMB and independent missionaries sent from our church.
  • We are a church planting church. We helped to plant Hope Church in Las Vegas and Living Hope Church in Marysville, OH.
  • We are currently planting two more: one in Phoenix, AZ and one in Ft. Collins, CO.
  • We are a short-term missions going church. We send between 20-40 teams around the world each year. 
  • The Ft. Collins team is pictured below.

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Melanie: How have you seen God bless your church?


  • Our church paid off its building debt in 2010. We have been debt-free since.
  • Our church has been able to give over $1M a year towards missions.
  • Our church has experienced a renewed desire for prayer. We have built a dedicated prayer chapel and launched a prayer ministry.

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Melanie: What ministries are you involved in at the church?

Myra: My main ministry is to our staff wives.

  • I have encouraged fellowship and support among the wives, trying to minister to their specific needs.
  • I have led many Bible studies for our ladies within our women’s ministry.
  • Also, I participate in our missions effort around the world.

Melanie: What is ONE thing you’d like us to know about Kirby?

Myra: That we are a loving church attempting to connect all kinds of people with the mission of Jesus: making disciples through evangelism and discipleship.

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Thanks for sharing with us today, Myra!

It sounds like God is doing some amazing things in and through Kirby Woods Baptist Church and your ministry there!

We pray that God will continue to bless and bring many to faith in Christ!

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~ Should you wish to share about your church and why you love it, please let me know.  I would love to talk to you, interview you or your pastor, and find out more about your gatherings and ministry. 



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~ Church photos are from Kirby Woods Baptist website and Facebook page. The family photos are from Myra Collier.

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6 thoughts on “A Church with a BIG Heart for Missions

  1. Sounds like a wonderful, mission-minded church! Thanks for sharing about all the different churches in our area. You never know when someone is looking for a new church home. Love your blog, Melanie, and what you are doing to further the kingdom of God.

    1. Thanks, Diane, for stopping by and leaving a kind word today. You have encouraged my heart!

      And, I love sharing about churches that are doing positive things for the Kingdom!

      Your comments an your visit to my site bless me sweetly~

  2. Shalom,
    Pastor, Greetings to you in the majestic name of our Lord Jesus Christ . I pray that this humble,friendly message finds you walking in the favor of God.
    God,s minister, God has invested enough message of salvation in you to get out of your country to go all over the world to preach the gospel and win more souls to Christ.
    God has called you out of many, chosen you ,anointed you and approved you for his great Job.
    Pastor, God has a purpose with you life.He has created you to accomplish the great things for him.
    Pastor, this specific task which God has for you and no body else! whether is to plant new churches, to start a bible school or a soup kitchen of the poor,is God,s vision for you.
    Pastor,God Has called you and He placed you in a specific congregation or ministry,because He has a specific task that you support to fulfill here.
    Pastor, God has a task and a purpose for you.He will be with you and He will accomplish the task through His power.He will equip you and give you the power to do it.
    Pastor, He is faithful.if He calls you to a task that is greater than your own abilities,He will also give you the people to support the good work you are doing for Him.
    Pastor, God has a plan with your life.yes! even before you were born,He planned you in the finest detail, humble yourself before the Lord He will lift you up[James 4;-10]
    Pastor, you are God,s special workmanship.psalm 139,says that God knew you before you were formed in your mother,s womb!
    pastor, your greatest blessings began when God said,He created you in his image in Genesis 1;26, everything you put your hands to, is going to prosper.
    Pastor, you are so precious to the Lord,silver and gold wasn,t enough.God wanted to purchase you with something more valuable than any precious mental or mineral.so He used the blood of Jesus Christ.
    Surely, in everything we do,we believe in positive changing and affecting the lives of people who we are constantly working towards inspiring change.
    Pastor, working together is to fruitful growth and maturity in the Lord among us.
    My good friend, we are thanking God that we are connected to an anointing servant ,ministry ,who are committed in spreading the GOOD NEWS of spreading a salvation message and win more souls and many to LOVE Jesus Christ .
    We are requesting you to pray for us, send us teachings and we are pray that one day God will open a way you to bring His message to us-here in Africa.
    May the Lord be with you, please, work with us,so that we can win more to God.
    ,We are in one purpose -of winning more souls together[Kenya we are requesting you to teach us and train us.]Greet All.
    Thank you,
    Pastor Stephen and Flora

    1. Thank you for your note and for your prayers.
      We will gladly pray for you and your ministry – for God to provide for every need.
      May God bless you.
      And, you have reached a blog that shares about other ministries.
      To reach Kirby Woods Baptist directly, go to: http://www.kwbc.org/

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