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Dr. Rev. Randy Coleman, Lead Pastor
Rev. Rachel Coleman
Pastor Randy is married to Rachel and has two married children, Robert and Rebecca, living in and near Lexington, Kentucky. He grew up in Nebraska where his father was a United Methodist Pastor for 37 years and his mother taught school. He is the oldest of three brothers, Stan and Keith. He earned his B.A. in Christian Ministries and Church Music from Asbury University in 1983. He was a short-term missionary in Japan with One Mission Society before going on to complete an MDiv at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1988. During his seminary days he served as a student pastor for three years at Saltwell and Rosehill United Methodist Churches near Carlisle Kentucky. He was ordained as a Deacon into the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1988 and then as an elder in 1990. He served as Associate Pastor for Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntington, Indiana from 1988 through 1991.
Randy and his wife both served as missionaries in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 1992 through 2005, teaching in the Evangelical Bible Seminary and helping to pastor and lead two churches, one a new church plant. Another of their main emphases during this time was a ministry to married couples through retreats, small groups, discipling and counseling. From 2006 through 2011 they served at the OMS student center at Asbury University, taking college students on short-term mission trips and helping them to explore their calling. During this time Randy also was the Associate Pastor at Wilmore United Methodist Church and Rachel taught Spanish at Asbury University.
On July 1, 2011, Randy became the head pastor here at Belmont UMC. He and Rachel bring with them much experience in ministry, love and care for people in the church and community, educational backgrounds, team ministry focus, and a passion to help the church reach its mission of making new and growing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and beyond.
Rachel Coleman is currently completing the course work phase of a PhD in Theological Studies at Regent University School of Divinity, and hopes to be "ABD" (all but dissertation) by fall 2015. Rachel continues to serve with One Mission Society, as a representative and consultant for Latin America on the Theological Education Team, and she is also an adjunct professor of Old and New Testaments for Indiana Wesleyan University. Rachel serves BUMC through preaching, teaching, music, and food pantry ministry.