The Very Rev. David B. Collins, dean emeritus of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, served as president of the House of Deputies from 1985-1991. He served as vice president of the House from 1979 until his election as president.
According to an Episcopal News Service story on the occasion of his election, “Collins played a highly visible and much-applauded role in the tumultuous 1976 convention, when the committee he chaired handled the issue of women’s ordination. He has served on the Presiding Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Evangelism and Renewal, the Church Deployment Board and the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees.”
Collins is a graduate of the University of the South. He has served parishes in Arkansas and was chaplain at his alma mater from 1953-1966. He was dean of St. Philip’s from 1966-1984. He died on December 29, 2016 at the age of 94.