Gary Collier was born in Lansing Michigan to Harley and Erna Collier. He graduated from Cromwell High School in Middletown, CT where he received the Student Council Scholarship. Upon graduation, Mr. Collier attended Ohio State University. After four years of college, majoring in Landscape Architecture, He dropped out of school to enter the PGA apprentice program. He served four years as assistant golf pro at Spring Valley Country Club in Columbia, SC. It was during this time that the Lord brought Mr. Collier to Him and he professed faith in Christ. Upon meeting Delores Hensley, they were married within a year and joined Covenant Presbyterian Church. Mr. Collier left the PGA apprentice program to pursue a degree in education. Upon graduation with an Associates degree in Bible from Columbia Bible College, he entered the University of South Carolina and received his Bachelors in Physical Education. He accepted his first teaching position of Bible/PE at First Presbyterian Day School in Jackson, MS., thanks to the recommendation of Pastor Gary Aitken of Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA. After that, he pursued a Masters of Education at Reformed Seminary, with the goal of becoming an administrator of a Christian school. When First Presbyterian Day School closed the middle school division of their school, Mr. Collier accepted a position teaching Bible and History at Faith Christian School in Bigelow, MN. It was during that time that he received my Masters in Administration at Reformed Seminary. Mr. Collier was hired in 1988 to be the first full time administrator of Covenant Presbyterian Day School, a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, SC. It was like coming home to the church he and his wife had joined upon marriage. Mr. Collier has continued at the school, now Covenant Classical Christian School and presently serves as Athletic Director. He also teaches elementary and upper school PE and Bible to grades 7-10.
He, and his wife Delores have three children who attended Covenant Classical Christian School. When Covenant expanded to include high school grades, their youngest child, Leah became part of the first graduating class in 2004.