Our Pastor

rightPic3Reverend Jerome F. Coleman

Pastor Jerome Coleman is the oldest of three siblings born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coleman on February 15, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from Central High school with a diploma in Academics and went on to graduate from Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

 

Pastor Coleman was licensed to preach the Gospel at the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown on September 29th, 2002. There he taught Sunday School, and served as an instructor in the Salem Bible Institute, as a member of the Deaconate, and as a Lay Pastor.

 

Pastor Coleman was formerly a Parole Supervisor for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. There he was responsible for the protection of the community and the rehabilitation of parolees/probationers. He retired from the Parole Board March of 2007 to pursue full-time ministry.  He became the Executive Minister of the Bethlehem Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor Charles W. Quann in April 2007. He was the author, editor, and leader of the New Discipleship classes. He was also the director of a  number of new ministries in Bethlehem, among which were the Adopt-A-School Ministry and the Bethlehem Baptist Business Directory.

 

Pastor Coleman was called to pastor the First Baptist Church of Crestmont in Willow Grove, PA in January 2008. Pastor Coleman received his Master of Divinity from the Luther Rice Seminary in May 2008. The grace of God has allowed First Baptist to significantly multiply, mature, and a make a difference in the community, under Pastor Coleman’s leadership.

 

God has gifted Pastor Coleman in the ministry of preaching and teaching the Gospel. In addition he glorifies God in his writings. In 2002, his poem “God,” was published in Shells upon the Seashore, by the International Library of Poetry in their Letters from the Soul series. In the fall of 2003, the nationally recognized magazine, “The African American Pulpit” published his sermon, “Remember Who Brought You Out,” in their Seminarians issue which highlighted, “the next generation of preachers…who are doing their part to increase the stature of African American preaching.

 

As he continues to walk in faith, he is supported by his loving family. He is the proud father of two beautiful girls, Brianna and Nia. He is also the grateful husband of the former Miss Kimberly Croston. Of his calling, he resounds with the Apostle Paul:

 

By God’s special favor and mighty power, I have been given the wonderful privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ (Eph 3:7-8).