Getting to Know Dianne

Dianne is a "Montage" of many experiences, abilities and roles:

  • Wife of Dr. Glenn T. Collard for 50+ years; mother of 3 children; grandmother of 5 granddaughters

  • Missionary for 33 years; Intercultural Trainer for 25 years

  • International speaker and writer

  • Author of "I Choose to Forgive: An Intimate Journey with God, Expanded Edition”

  • Creative Catalyst with a calling to encourage artists and the arts & faith movement

  • Spiritual mentor of artists

Educational Background

B.A. in Speech/Communication (emphasis in Cross-Cultural Communication))

M.A. in Intercultural Studies (emphasis Adult Experiential Education)

D.Miss in Missiology (Theology/Anthropology/Church History)

Personal Mission statement

To live my life in worship of God and be a messenger of His hope through speaking, writing and encouraging for the purpose of contributing to the development of people and the celebration of the Kingdom of God.


The banner is a portion of one of my favorite paintings by Makoto Fujimura, called "The Tears of God". To see more of his artwork, check out his website.


Dianne sharing a short explanation of her calling as a Creative Catalyst for the Fall, 2015 orientation at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, NC