Deedee M. Coleman

Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church


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Reverend Dr. DeeDee M. Coleman

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.

Pastor Coleman, a teacher, lecturer, community leader and a social and human justice advocate, is God’s called and appointed servant to pastor the Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church. 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.

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 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.”

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.