Biographical Sketch of Reverend Dr. James Coleman

"If I can help somebody along life's journey, then my living will not be in vain."

Reverend Dr. James Coleman is a native Chicagoan. He is the second oldest of ten children. Reverend Coleman is a graduate of DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana , Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry from Howard University, Washington, DC .

Dr. Coleman received his Ministerial Practicum under the tutelage of the Reverend Clay Evans , former Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois and the late Reverend George B. Rogers, former Pastor of the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church, Washington, DC. Reverend Coleman was licensed to the Gospel Ministry in 1982 and ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1984 by the late Pastor George B. Rogers. On January 6, 1991, Dr. Coleman accepted the call and became Pastor-Elect and was installed as Pastor of All Nations Baptist Church on May 18, 1991. Pastor Coleman has emphasized and implemented more than twenty ministries to promote and encourage spiritual enrichment and empowerment of All Nations.

Dr. Coleman retired on February 28, 2006 from his position as the Assistant Dean for the Department of Residence Life at Howard University.

Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board as a past president of the National Association of Student Affairs (NASAP), which consists of professionals at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Coleman is an executive committee member of the NAACP for Washington, DC, where he also serves as Chaplain.  As a mayoral appointee, he served on the Health Services Reform Commission. He is a past chairman of the board of Hearts and Homes for Youth. Dr. Coleman is a former President of the Missionary Baptist Ministers' Conference of Washington, DC and vicinity, having served with strength and humility, leaving a legacy of heightened spiritual enlightenment and the challenge for the church to boldly "speak truth to power".

Dr. Coleman is a contributing author of the book titled, "Many Voices Multicultural Responses to the Minor Prophets." His Doctoral publication is titled, "Laity Empowerment." Dr. Coleman has also contributed to several articles. He is a recipient of the coveted Sadie M. Yancey Award in the field of Student Affairs work in higher education . Dr. Coleman is a 2006 recipient of the prestigious recognition of Roll On Productions for his exemplary leadership contributions to Gospel ministry.

Dr. Coleman's motto is, "If I can help somebody along life's journey, then my living will not be in vain."