Pastor's Bio

Pastor Rodney and his wife Sharon

Rodney & Sharon Coleman came to Immanuel Baptist Church in August 2016 after 28 years of ministry in Latin America with the International Mission Board, SBC, and 7 years of church ministry in Michigan and Ohio. God brought them together some 37 years ago as Rodney attended  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and Sharon taught in an elementary school. Rodney accepted Christ at 12 years of age in his home church in Hereford, Texas where his Pastor discipled him; in college he was a member of the Baptist Student Ministry Executive Council each year and spent summers doing misson work and worked with youth in University Heights Baptist Church; finally feeling God's call into the ministry and attending SWBTS seminary. i met Sharon in the local church. Sharon also accepted Christ as a child in her church in China Spring, Texas and always felt called to teach. She received her degree from Baylor University of Buffalo and has a varied teaching background including overseas, though God stretched her through many avenues of service. She loved women's ministry, led in Haitian Diaster Relief for the IMB, twice led the Business Office in her country of service, and spent many years in actively working to help plant brand new churches. They worked with the Lakes Fellowship Baptist Church plant in Michigan; are the founding pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Norwalk, Ohio; learned Spanish at the Spanish Language Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica; served 10 years in Cali, Colombia planting new churches; finally due to Colombian violence they finished their last 17 years of international service in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.                                                                                 

They have 2 daughters:  Brooke and Heather.

Brooke is the manager of Interpretation for Seton Hospitals in Austin, Texas and lives with her little Schnauzer buddy "Sarge". She has been serving with the youth in the Hope For The City Church!

Heather, her husband Erik, little Ole, and their little baby Fossmo live in Bend, Oregon. Erik is a manager with Whole Food Market. Heather writes music, sings many weekends and they serve in their church ministry.

Here are some Personal Interests about Pastor Rodney (RC) and Sharon Coleman (SC):

What is your dream for Immanuel?

Immanuel is a good church with a good past, a good solid Biblical foundation, set for an incredible future! I envision Immanuel, the country church, moving into a new era growing with the city as Kyle grows and having a varied membership that reflects the makeup of the community and the new neighborhoods around us. I can see children laughing, learning, and youth playing, worshipping enthusiastically anf families coming to God together!

What are your favorite past times?

Trout fishing in Colorado streams, camping, walking, reading, gardening, bird watching, listening to the ocean, and playing with my grandson Ole.

What are some of my Favorite Foods?

Pan fried trout, Colombian food- empanadas, ajiaco, Mexican food, Italian, Steak, potato, salad, Chocolate pie


What are some of my Favorite Places?

Dominician beaches where the tourists don't like to go such as Las Terrenas; Aruba; the Dutch Islands; Guatemala in old Antigua; Colombia's San Andres Island; Barcelona Spain at Daniel's church, La Rambla, Gaudi's art; Florence Italy- the entire city; Rome Italy ruins; Paris-- ahhhhh the whole city!