A Short Biography of the Very Reverand Brian Coleman
Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Father Brian Coleman is the Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, serving the church as pastor and organizational leader. His passions in leadership include helping others claim their God-given authority through discernment of their own gifts for ministry, and helping them experience more deeply a sense of God's call in their lives. He works with parish leaders to shape a strategy for effective ministry development based on the parish's mission priorities of worship, youth, and discipleship.
Fr. Brian's ministry at St. Thomas includes, among other things: pastoral care, which he understands as being alongside people in their daily hopes and fears, sorrows and joys; preaching as effective Christian communication, both in word and deed by helping others (especially children) understand how the Bible relates to their lives; daily prayer, through the public worship services provided in the Book of Common Prayer,and through personal prayer and spiritual disciplines, including iconography; and community action and outreach, through service, support and collaboration with local community leaders and organizations.
His responsibilities in the wider church include participation in local ecumenical efforts including membership in a clergy colleague group. In the Diocese of Western Michigan Fr. Brian serves as Dean of the Eastern Deanery, and is a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Society of Catholic Priests, an international organization of Anglican Clergy who support the full inclusion of women and gay and lesbian clergy in the life of the Church, and whose rule of life emphasizes priestly formation and catholic evangelism.
Ordained a priest in 1999 by the Right Reverend Fred Borsch, Fr. Brian has served in urban parishes in Los Angeles, California, and in Sheffield, England (Church of England), where he lived for eight years. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton (B.A. in Philosophy), and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois (M.Div.). He is married to Dr. John Moore, assistant professor of psychology at Olivet College and their family includes three basset hounds: Spencer, Belle and Bob.
In addition to many other interests, Fr. Brian is a member of Rotary International, enjoys cooking, cycling and hiking.