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Bishop Dane A. Coleman

Bishop Dane Andrè Coleman,
a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the second child of three children born to Mrs. Andrea and the late DeForia J. Coleman, Sr. After completing high school, Bishop Coleman continued his education at Pennsylvania State University majoring in engineering.

At the early age of 19, Dane Andrè Coleman answered his divine calling to the Ministry.  Surrendering his all to God Almighty, he preached his initial sermon on October 14, 1984, and was licensed in the gospel ministry under the strong leadership and guidance of Rev. Clarence A. Savoy, Pastor of Living Waters Evangelistic Church, Philadelphia, PA. In December 1985, Minister Coleman moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to assist Pastor Savoy in establishing Living Waters Evangelistic Church in Maryland.

1982 – 1987    Minister Dane Andrè Coleman attended Living Waters Evangelistic Church and served as Armor Bearer, Deacon, Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and he sang on the choir until the revelation of God was manifested to him to join New Hope Baptist Church, Ridgely, MD.

1987 – 1993     Minister Dane Andrè Coleman joined New Hope Baptist Church in December 1987 and in June 1988, he was ordained as Reverend by New Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Coleman diligently served five years as the Assistant Pastor under the leadership of the late Rev. David Moaney.

1993 – 2004    Rev. Dr. Dane Andrè Coleman was elected as Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in January 1993 and was officially installed on the 3rd Sunday in May 1993 where he continues to preside today. The church has been renamed to the Greater New Hope Church and Ministries.

2004 – now     Bishop-Elect Dane Andrè Coleman, on November 13, 2004, was consecrated and set apart to the Sacred and Holy Office of Bishop over Greater New Hope Church and Ministries. He is now the presiding prelate of the United Fellowship of Covenant Ministries (UFCM) and Coadjutor of the Chesapeake Regional College of Bishops. 

Bishop Coleman
is currently bi-vocational and is employed by the Federal Government for the United States Postal Service in Washington DC.  His duties include serving as an Operations Specialist using his 25 years of management experience for implementing, monitoring and managing national operations policies and programs.

1993- 2003     Bishop Coleman was first appointed by Governor William Donald Schaefer, as a member of the Board of Education for Caroline County for a five year term in July 1993.  Recognizing his spirit of excellence and his outstanding service within the school system, his achievements within the local community, and the leadership in the House of God, he was subsequently reappointed for a second five year term by Governor Parris Glendening in July 1998.

Bishop Coleman has held several prestigious and influential positions within Caroline County’s Board of Education, namely President for four consecutive years, presiding and overseeing all policies and other governance activities for the entire school system; President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), and for six years a dedicated member of the Board of Directors.  After devoting 10 years of first-rate service to the local community through the Board of Education in Caroline County, Pastor Coleman retired in June 2003.

1996 – 1998     Bishop Coleman served one term as Vice-Moderator of the Progressive Baptist Association of the Eastern Shore, Inc. under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Hugh C. Nichols.

1998 – 2004    Bishop Coleman was elected Moderator of the Progressive Baptist Association of the Eastern Shore, Incorporated.  The Association included Baptist churches in the following counties:  Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.  He served diligently under the anointing of God for three terms (six years).

Bishop Coleman served on the following National and State Level Boards:  Former member of the National Caucus of Black School Board Members, and is a Charter member and former director of The Maryland Caucus of Black School Board Members.

Bishop Coleman is the recipient of the following awards:

May 1999            The Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Achievement Award;

June 1999            Inaugural Nancy S. Grasmick Minority Achievement Award and The Federal          Executive  Board’s Excellence in Federal Career Award for Community Service

October 2001      Charles W. Willis Award for Outstanding School Board Service;

June 2003            Caroline Co. Public Schools Humanitarian Service Award.

Bishop Coleman, a man of perseverance, graduated as a member of Leadership Maryland Class of 2001, and was recognized as one of 51 accomplished leaders in the state of Maryland.
In July 2003, shortly after retiring from the Board of Education, Governor Robert Ehrlich appointed Bishop Coleman to the Judicial Nominating Commission District 16 for Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties.

Bishop Coleman holds several degrees and studied at the following institutions:

  • Pennsylvania State University Engineering Major 1982-1985
  • Diploma in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology, Salisbury MD -1996
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from LOGOS Christian College, Jacksonville FL – 1998
  • Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Bread of Life Bible College, Whiteville NC – 2000

Bishop Dane Andrè Coleman is a spiritual father to nine sons and fifteen daughters, aspiring to the ministry or has answered the call and walking in their ministry.  He’s a mentor, confidant, and advisor to countless other bishops, pastors, elders, evangelists, ministers, and laypersons in the Body of Christ.

Bishop Dane Andrè Coleman is happily married to the former Lovetta D. Mason of Denton, Maryland.  He’s the proud father of three daughters:  Dominique Williams, Courtney Coleman, and Chelsey Bledsoe, two son-in-laws: Aaron Williams Sr. and Denzel Bledsoe, two granddaughters: Arionne Williams and Rayla Bledsoe and three grandsons: Aaron Williams, Adonis Williams and Jacob Billups.

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