Christopher D. Collins, Ph.D.

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Program Chair of Theology
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

B.S. Biology - College of Charleston
A.B. Philosophy - College of Charleston
M.A. Theology - Ave Maria University
Ph.D. Theology - Ave Maria University
      Major: Moral Theology
      Minor: Doctrinal Theology

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Moral Theology
  • Theology of St. Augustine
  • The Intersection of Theology and Politics
  • Patristic Theology
  • The Interaction between Faith and Reason


Dr. Christopher D. Collins is the Program Chair in Theology at the University of Mary and is an Assistant Professor in Theology. He is the advisor for the Collegians for Life student organization and is a member of the Mission Integration Committee. Dr. Collins received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and Artium Baccalaureatus degree in Philosophy at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. He then received a Masters and Doctorate in Theology from Ave Maria University (FL), writing both his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on the thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. After spending two years teaching at the UMary Rome campus, in 2014 Dr. Collins and his family relocated to the main campus in Bismarck.

Dr. Collins is married to Christie, and they have 4 children – Kolbe (9), Isaac (7), Eva (5), Alexis (3) – and a fifth on the way this fall. He and his wife enjoy being outside with their kids, playing board games, traveling, and working on home-improvement projects. Dr. Collins has been an avid sports fan from his youth. He grew up near the heart of college basketball territory known as ‘Tobacco Road’, and developed a love for soccer while living in Rome where he reluctantly became a giallorosso.

Recent Publications/Projects

  • Chapter: “Psalm 79:8 and St. Augustine’s Vision of Education”                  Spring 2016   

    Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology: Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb