Rev. A. Byron Coleman III
Rev. A. Byron Coleman III is the Senior Pastor of the Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church. Coleman received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He further received his Master of Divinity Degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
His call to ministry led him from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City where he has served as the Senior Pastor since 1998. During his tenure at the “5th” the church has experienced phenomenal growth. Not only has the physical infrastructure been strengthened but more importantly the soul infrastructure has been strengthened.
Under Pastor Coleman’s leadership new ministries have been created to further touch lives. Some of which include Marriage Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Teen Church (known as 180 degrees), Children’s Church and New Members Ministry. The 5th also has an impactful outreach ministry, which travels to homeless shelters throughout the year and serves meals. It also offers a Marriage Enrichment Retreat (“Love Lab”) each year.
Even though Rev. Coleman was called to parish ministry, God has allowed him to use his gifts and knowledge in other areas. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the African/African-American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. There he teaches a variety of classes; African American Religious Traditions, Leadership in the African-American Community, African-American Men and Introduction to African-American Studies. While serving at the University, Rev. Coleman has been asked to speak on many occasions served on several panel discussions and advises many students on campus.
Rev. Coleman is going into his 6th season as the Chaplain for the professional basketball team the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this capacity he serves as a counselor/life coach to the players.
Rev. Coleman was inducted into Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. His affiliations include: being a member of the NAACP; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.; Prince Hall Masons (King David Lodge); Sigma Pi Phi Incorporated (The Boule); and is the current President of the Oklahoma Center for Biblical Literacy.
He has been married to Dr. Sharri Mattison-Coleman since 1997. They have two sons Chandler Avery and Courtland Alexander.
Dr. Sharri Coleman
A dynamic speaker, life-motivator, published author, professor and podiatrist, Dr. Sharri Coleman is dedicated to helping others by inspiring the mind, challenging the body and searching the soul. She bridges the gap between her medical background and her spirituality by encouraging individuals to be true to themselves spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. Whether she stands before a church audience, in an academic setting or with a medical / health agenda, she is enthusiastically committed to the empowerment of every individual, especially women, to refocus, realize and utilize the strength that lies within.
Dr. Coleman currently serves as the Minister of Music, leads the Women’s Ministry and is a sought-after speaker at various conferences, luncheons and services throughout the country. Presently, she is as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma in the African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs. As well as the College/Career/Internship Counselor at Millwood Public Schools.
Dr. Coleman is the author of the book, Gained Everything Without Giving up Anything: Lessons Learned on my 40-day Family-focused Journey and is known as the Soul 2 Sole Doctor on her blog, www.soul2soledoctor.blogspot.com.
She has been married to Rev. A. Byron Coleman III since July 1997 and they are blessed with two sons, Chandler and Courtland.