Dr. Coleman came to Gordon-Conwell in 2001, after directing the School of World Mission and Evangelism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 18 years and teaching at Asbury Theological Seminary for 27 years. While at Trinity, from 1991 to 2000, he also led the Institute of Evangelism in the Billy Center at Wheaton and served as Dean of the Billy Graham International Schools of Evangelism overseas.
He is a founding member of the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization, serving as Chairman of the North American section for many years. He was a member of the Drafting Committee that wrote the Lausanne Manila Manifesto in 1989, and chief architect of the Declaration of the Global Conference on World Evangelization in 1995. In 2000 he was made Honorary Pastor of the Kwang Lim Methodist Church in Seoul, Korea, the largest Methodist Church in the world.
Dr. Coleman serves on the Board of several international missions, a member of the Coordinating Committee of Mission America, and a past President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. Hundreds of articles and 28 books have come from his pen, many of which have been widely translated. His best known work, The Master Plan of Evangelism, has sold multiple millions of copies and is being read in over 100 languages. It was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 50 books that has shaped evangelicalism in the last half of the twentieth century.
In addition to writing, Dr. Coleman enjoys oil painting, and on occasion, college sports. A significant discipline of his life when teaching for 60 years has been to meet with a small group of students once a week, usually early in the morning, for Bible study and prayer. His wife, Marietta, shares ministry with him, making their home a haven for students. Their three married children and their families continue to fill life with wonder.