Rev. Justin Coleman to Assume Senior Post as Chief Ministry Officer at the United Methodist Publishing House this Summer

2/27/2014

Rev. Justin Coleman, the lead pastor at Gethsemane Campus of St. Luke’s UMC in Houston, will soon be relocating to Nashville to focus on his new leadership role of providing ministry and spiritual formation resources in a changing and global context.
 
How should the denomination embrace the digital marketplace? What resources are available to congregations seeking to grow in discipleship? What curriculum options are available in Spanish?
 
These are the types of questions rolling through the mind of Rev. Justin Coleman who will shift leadership gears from pastoring at St. Luke’s UMC Gethsemane campus to serving in the newly created position of Chief Ministry Officer (CMO) for The United Methodist Publishing House in July.
 
“Most of us in ministry are facing a variety of adaptive challenges,” notes Justin of this new role, “and the Publishing House thought it important to create a position that would help imagine and facilitate how to best resource for United Methodism across the globe. I am already thinking of ways we can be more relevant, diverse, and innovative in our message and mission. We want to be a Publishing House that the entire church can be excited about.”
 
Neil Alexander, President & Publisher of The United Methodist Publishing House says, “Reverend Coleman brings in-depth experience as a pastor, theological insights, training and hands-on experience with managing change and developing people for Christian life and service.”
 
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie adds, “I have no doubt that Justin will make tremendous contributions in his new position.  He has served the Texas Annual Conference well and is just the kind of leader that our Church is calling for today. We will miss his creativity and passion for young people.  However, I eagerly anticipate great things from Justin and know that he will make the Texas Annual Conference proud.” 
 
Married to Chaka Coleman and the father of their three sons, Rev. Coleman combines skills as a pastor, teacher, social innovator, developer of leaders, and team builder. He has studied at the Divinity School, Duke University and Perkins School of Theology, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Methodist University.
 
Adds Justin, “This job has many facets. It is certainly a big change but I am part of a generation that enjoys adventure. I see this as a new frontier and want to think about how we might offer helpful content and resources throughout the print and digital frontiers in order to connect the heart of the Publishing House with the heart of the church.” As he prepares to transition from the Gethsemane campus, Justin surmises of someday writing a book about his journey. “It has been a great journey. I pray that the community development and redevelopment that is underway at Gethsemane will some day become a model that others can benefit from in their congregational outreach. If I ever write a book about it , maybe the Publishing House can publish it.”