Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman
Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church
Reverend Coleman is an adjunct professor at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
She has a BA in Business Administration from William Tyndale College; an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College, and a PhD in Inter-Cultural Communications from The United Theological Seminary.
She has been in the ministry since 1963. Under the leadership of The Reverend Dr. Charles G. Adams, Senior Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Reverend Coleman was ordained as a deacon in 1988; granted her license to preach in 1990; and received full ordination to the ministry in 1993.
Reverend Coleman received the 2007 Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award for outstanding work in prison ministry and reentry services. The Dahlberg Peace Award, first awarded to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, is the highest award granted by the American Baptist Churches, USA.
She serves as co-chair of the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s Commission on Social Justice and Prison Ministry and is the first female pastor to hold the office of Secretary of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.