An Interview with Collin Carbno
You can read the interview included in our February 2019 newsletter.
Collin, we know you in the church as chairperson of the diaconate. But I know there is much more to you as a person. Tell us something about your growing up, and your family.
I am an only child. My mother was a music teacher who began playing the church organ at 14 years old in a small town of Cyric SK. My father was a University professor in Educational Psychology and Measurement. My paternal great grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher who hailed from Belfast, Ireland, so my father grew up in the Pentecostal church.
We moved around a lot as a family as I grew up. I was born at Balcarres SK, but we lived near Fort Qu’Appelle where my father taught. When my father later became professor in Brandon, MB, I went to high school and University there: I obtained a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics. Later, I obtained a Master’s degree and became a PhD. student at the University of Regina, where I met my wife Shirley.
My mother led me to the Lord when I was five years old, and I never really looked back. For my sixteenth birthday, I got a copy of the Bible, which I read cover to cover. Because our church became liberal, we tried out a number of churches, finally settling on a Swedish Baptist church.
I had a notion that I wanted to be a pastor, but my father thought it wasn’t a good idea, given my temperament. He gently directed me away from that choice of career. In university I had become involved with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship to the point of becoming part of a leadership team, leading up to seven Bible studies a week.
I believe you are now retired from your profession. What was that profession and how did you happen to choose it? What about it did you most enjoy?
Interviewer: Esther Wiens