Rev. Dee Dee M. Coleman, recipient of the Daniel Hart Krichbaum Visionary Civic Leader Award
Reverend Dr. DeeDee M. Coleman, a native New Orleanian who now resides in Oak Park, Michigan, is the Pastor of the Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church.
In November 1999, Russell Street, which is the oldest church on
the North End of the city of Detroit, stepped out on faith and for the first time in its history, called Reverend DeeDee M. Coleman as its first female pastor.
Over the last 15 years, Pastor Coleman has given her spiritual gifts of preaching, teaching and administration to Russell Street, with one objective
– to equip the Church community, that God calls us, and to love and help one another, whether it be home or abroad.
Reverend Coleman has been in the ministry since 1963 and was ordained as a Deacon in October 1988; granted her license to Preach in October 1990; and received Full Ordination to the Ministry in July 1993, all under the
leadership of the Reverend Dr. Charles G. Adams, Senior Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit.
Pastor Coleman is an international preacher and humanitarian; she has preached and/or taught in the Bahamas, Canada, Africa, Scotland, Israel, France and London, England. She is a national leader; she was honored to be the morning plenary preacher for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, August 2014 on President’s Day.
In August, 2013 Pastor Coleman was selected to travel with the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews to witness an airlift (Operation Dove’s Wings) of 450 Ethiopian Jews making their ALIYAH (the returning home to their homeland of Jerusalem) from Africa to Israel – a prediction in the Bible over 2,000 plus years ago coming true.
She is an entrepreneur and owns her own business, The Wings of Faith, Inc., where she implemented a one-stop resource center for ex-offenders, as well as an economic development initiative Day Labor Program known as The
WorkForce. Dr. Coleman also implemented “The Mentors of Faith” where she provided mentoring services for serious and violent youth offenders from the ages of 14-21. She currently provides national reentry consulting
services and training throughout the country.
Dr. Coleman has been awarded many accolades for her boldness in speech and proclamation of uplifting the name
of Jesus. She has been noted to preach with a No-nonsense approach to the Gospel.
Dr. Coleman received the 2007 Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award for outstanding work in prison ministry and reentry services to this country. The Dahlberg Peace Award is the highest award granted by the American Baptist Churches, USA. This Peace Award is true to Dr. Coleman’s heart, with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being the first recipient of this honorable mention.
She serves on various Boards throughout the Country including the Chair of the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s Commission on Social Justice and Prison Ministry. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Alumni Chapter, Detroit, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary teaching
“From the Pulpit to the Pew – Grassroots Prison Ministry.”
Currently Pastor Coleman holds the position of President of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity; she is a national speaker and National Council Member for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and an appointee of Past President Jimmie Carter as the Co-Chair of the The Social Justice and Prison form Ministry Committee for the New Baptist Covenant.
Rev. Dr. Deedee M. Coleman has a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from William Tyndale College, Farmington Hills, Michigan; a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College, Detroit; and a
Doctoral Degree from The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, majoring in Intercultural Communications.
When asked what her motto is, she simply says, “If I can help somebody along the way, then my living won’t be in