In 2005, Colleen completed her Masters in Speech Language Pathology and married her college sweetheart, Matt. After getting married, they moved to the Houston, TX area where Matt was pursing his aviation career. In 2006, Matt and Colleen joined Holy Covenant UMC where they led mission trips to Port Arthur, TX for Hurricane Rita Recovery with UMCOR. In 2008, Colleen and Matt welcomed their first child, Maggie and their second child, Connor, in 2010. In 2010, Matt and Colleen moved to the Chicago area and attended Plainfield UMC where they began coordinating Financial Peace University and started a Sunday small group. Their third child, Aaron was born in 2013.
In 2014, Matt and Colleen moved to Bartlesville, OK after Matt accepted a position as pilot with ConocoPhillips. In January 2015, the Runty family joined Bartlesville First Church where Colleen received her call to go into ministry. While attending Bartlesville First church, Colleen spent time in service teaching classes, leading a small group, preaching at Green Country vesper service, serving as a parent volunteer in the Many Mini Missions program, attending a weekly prayer group, and serving as secretary on the Missions Committee. Her husband, Matt has found joy in leading worship by singing and playing guitar.
In 2017, Colleen received a nudge from the Holy Spirit to attend Local Pastor Licensing School which opened the door to accepting an appointment. Colleen was appointed to Oak Park in June 2016 and is a Licensed Local Pastor working on obtaining her Masters in Divinity at Saint Paul School of Theology in Oklahoma City. She plans to become ordained in the United Methodist Church. Colleen is excited about the opportunity to serve the people of Oak Park in faithful discipleship.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”