Prior to becoming a pastor, Coleman was a member of the national recording group “The Imperials of Dayton, OH.” The Imperials would pioneer the genre of inspirational music with songs such as “Unity” and “We Need Him Now”. Coleman attributes his musical ministry as the catylyst for his walk with God. Coleman would go on to record a solo project, “Larry Coleman and Friends.” This project was partially produced by legendary Gospel singer Walter Hawkins. Coleman was mentored musically by Hawkins and fellow Gospel singer Rance Allen.
Coleman acknowledges the support from fellow clergy, leadership of Springfield and law enforcement for his success as a pastor. He also recognizes that without the support of his wife, Evon, he could not have been the man he is today. “She was sent to me by God,” said Coleman. “She accepted me and supported me faithfully and made this difficult job that much easier.”
The waters traveled as pastor was not smooth sailing for Coleman as he battled drug addiction during his time as pastor. After recovering from his addiction, he went on to create the Center of Restoration and Empowerment, a nonprofit group focusing on those battling and recovering from substance abuse. “My addiction inspired me to do it,” said Coleman. “After the Lord delivered me from my drug addiction, my sensitivity to those who were struggling inspired me to establish CORE.” CORE worked in partnership with McKinley Hall.
Coleman is also a survivor of prostate cancer.
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Coleman’s leadership reached beyond the pulpit. Coleman was intregal in helping Springfield win its designation as “All American City” in 2004.
Pastor Jermain Maynard will assume the role of pastor following Coleman’s retirement banquet. Maynard, a North Carolina native, previously spent time in Springfield as the former assistant youth pastor and at WPAFB during his time in the U.S. Air Force.
Through all the ups and downs within his pastorial tenure, Coleman has remained grateful for the support that Springfield has shown to him and his family.
“I am greatful for the favor God has given me here in Springfield,” said Coleman. “Even though I’m not from here, Springfield has accepted me as one of their own and I will miss the opportunity to spiritually share the word every Sunday to God’s people in Springfield.”
Coleman will remain at Restored Life Ministries as the transitional pastor, providing support for Pastor Maynard in various business and spiritual areas. Once the transition of pastoralship has been completed, Coleman will officially become Pastor Emeritus.