Collin was brought in the Baptist church in Arkansas. As a young boy he loved music. Under the name Bubba Wray, he recorded as one-fourth of the country band The Wrays between 1983 and 1987. Throughout all this he continued to have a deep faith in Jesus Christ. As a young adult, he was surprised to notice that the wife of a couple who frequented his concerts always wore a crucifix. He learned that they were Catholic and, out of curiosity, attended Mass with them. He was struck by the beauty of the church and the liturgy, and at age 23, he became Catholic.