Pastor Gary Coleman

I was born and raised in Traverse City, MI.  I sat next to Patty Smith in first grade, and I made such an impression on her, that she later married me in 1982.  We have three children, David (26), Jennifer (24) and Jonathan (22).  I graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) in 1983, and from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in 1987.  I was a youth minister at Alaska Baptist Church (Caledonia, MI) for 2 years, then had senior pastorates in Steffenville, MO (7 years), Frankfort, MI (7 years), and McBain, MI (11 years).  I love studying and preaching God's Word, and ministering to needy people and we are all needy people.  My hobbies include dirt-biking (now retired), reading, sports (especially Red Wings hockey) and table games.  We are very excited to be in Portland at the First Baptist Church and we look forward to what the Lord will do here.


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