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Presiding Elder, Reverend Rosalyn Grant-Coleman

               The Rev. Rosalyn Grant Coleman was married to the late Rev. Melvin Coleman and has one daughter. She has received multiple degrees and certifications including her BA in Psychology and her MDiv from the Interdenominational Theologica Center in Atlanta Georgia. She attended Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, South Carolina in pursuit of her DMin, but was interrupted by illness and the death of her husband. She has also had professional and military training focused on chaplaincy, pastoral education, and counseling. She is an ordained Itinerant Elder and currently is the Presiding Elder of the Columbia Conference and is the Advisor for the Seventh Episcopal District WIM.

              Before her appointments as a Presiding Elder, Rev. Coleman was  the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Laurens SC and Bishop’s Memorial AME in Columbia SC. She has been the Presiding Elder for the Newberry/Spartanburg District (f10 years) and the Georgetown District (8 years) prior to her current position with the Columbia District. She founded the Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. (GOMI, Inc.) and the Music and Art Program (MAP) as part GOMI, Inc. These ministries were designed to help local congregations to engage in effective outreach services and music lessons to develop highly skilled music professionals. Presiding Elder Coleman serves on various community and religious organizations and boards. She has preached, taught, and facilitated workshops in the community and church alike. As a minister, professional counselor and a child of God, Elder Coleman is constantly seeking innovative ways to reach the masses and share the love of Jesus with those she encounters. As a trailblazer, she forges new paths for ministry opportunities and advocates for the fair treatment of all in the ministry and in communities wherever she goes. As the advisor for the SED WIM, she provides encouragement and wisdom for those coming through the ministry process, as they are developing their roles, and calling.

              Despite hardships along the way, Presiding Elder Coleman, continues to pave the way and remains faithful to God and her calling making her qualified to receive the Jarena Lee Woman of Distinction award.

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