WALKING IN GOD'S PURPOSE
PROVERBS 19:21 "You can make many plans, but
the Lord's purpose will prevail."
Rev. Dr. Marlon Joseph Coleman is pastor of the Antioch missionary Baptist Church of Muskogee Oklahoma. He moved to Muskogee July 11, 2010 and was unanimously elected pastor of the church Father's Day 2011 after the passing of the late Rev. Dr. BW Noble. As a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rev. Coleman was blessed to be mentored early on by pastoral greats such as the late Dr. Willie Earl Hausey, Pastor of the St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, and the late Dr. B.J. Maxon, Jr., Pastor of the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church both of the historic Louisiana Freedmen Missionary Baptist General Association that ordained him while serving as an Associate Minister at the Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana under the late Rev. Pete Varnado, Jr.
Rev. Coleman's public ministry began at the age of 16 when he was selected to serve as vice president of the youth department for the Louisiana Freedmen missionary Baptist Gen. Association. That same year he was also selected to service third vice president for the national youth convention of the national missionary Baptist convention of America and later went on to serve as national youth convention president.
Prior giving himself full-time to the pastorate Dr. Coleman served in several management positions with Federal Government with the United States Department of Agriculture in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Maryland/Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, and Oxford, Mississippi. He also worked as the Physician Recruiter at the VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma where is retired from Federal service after serving for 22 years. Enjoying the calling to teach and serve the people of God, Dr. Coleman was selected in 2004 to serve as an instructor at the historic Washington Baptist Seminary where he taught Homiletics and Systematic Theology. While in Mississippi Rev. Coleman saw the need to help people to enhance their relationship with God while also improving their social standing in their community. With that in mind God sanctified the organization of the First United Baptist Church under Dr. Coleman’s leadership which remains a place where the lost, the least, and the left out can find refuge, and their spiritual, social and civil rights and liberties can be defended.
Challenged by the spiritual, social, and economic ills facing humanity, Pastor Coleman wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of people and realized he needed to be adequately prepared for the challenge. As a result he pursued and completed the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2000. Later he went on to study at the Andersonville Theological Seminary where he obtained the Master of Theology Degree and then the Doctorate of Theology Degree in Pastoral Care. In 2012 Pastor Coleman completed the Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Rev. Coleman believes that serving the Lord and serving the community is a dichotomy that goes hand-in-hand. His commitment to public service caused him to run for Muskogee city Council and in January 2014 he was elected with 87% of the vote. Since being on the city Council he has sponsored several meaningful items including a landmark resolution giving national recognition to recognizing Bridges out of poverty program for Muskogee. He also helped to provide leadership in the design and future construction of the new Martin Luther King Jr. community center which will break ground in January 2015.
Since being Pastor of Antioch God has blessed Rev. Coleman to see the church experience spiritual and physical growth. Under Pastor Coleman's leadership the church I seen record in its youth and young adults ministry; over 100 people have been baptized; Bible study is growing; more couples are getting married; and the believers walk with God is being strengthened. He led a massive remodeling of the church sanctuary, and is orchestrating an effort to improve the overall appearance of the church.
Rev. Coleman serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Eastar Hospital, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Muskogee Foundation Board. He is also a member of the Action in Muskogee (A.I.M) Steering Committee. He is an adjunct professor at Connors State College where he has taught Fundamentals of Computer Usage, Business Principles, and Strategies for Success; a member of Rotary International and the Muskogee Exchange Club; Lake area United Way Investment Board; Muskogee County Juvenile Drug Court; and several organizations in Muskogee.
The future for Antioch is great. Through the blessings of God Pastor Coleman plans to build a program to uplift God's people through Spiritual Placement, Economic empowerment, Community involvement, and Intellectual Advancement of Laypeople (S.P.E.C.I.A.L.). Since Dr. Coleman’s arrival many people of all ages have given their lives to Jesus Christ and been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. There is no doubt that as long as God is with this house it will be spiritually and socially blessed.
Rev. Coleman's favorite scripture is John 15:7 "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." he loves God, he loves community, and he loves being the pastor of the Antioch Church of Muskogee Oklahoma.