Our Pastor

Rev G Ray Coleman    071115Dr. G. Ray Coleman was appointed in 2005 to St. Mark by Bishop Richard Keith Thompson. Dr. Coleman came to Durham after pastoring Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion in Birmingham. As a theological scholar and preacher, throughout Dr. Coleman has been a sought after teacher and preacher in connectional gatherings and institutes and other settings throughout Zion. He has served as a leader on many connectional committees, including presently as chairman of the influential Episcopal Committee, which assigns bishops to their episcopal district.

Accompanying Dr. Coleman was his mother, Mrs. Ethel Gillis Coleman, AM.E. Zion Church Missionary Supervisor (Retired), who became a dear member of our fellowship and provided an example of gracious womanhood as she worshipped with us until her death on January 14, 2014. Also, Dr. Coleman’s daughter Jocelyn often worships with St. Mark when she visits from her home in California.

Dr. Coleman came to St. Mark with a breadth of experience in Zion Methodism, having been reared in the parsonage as the son of a prominent A.M.E. Zion pastor and bishop, the Rt. Rev. Clinton R. Coleman, and having pastored leading churches in the A.M.E. Zion Church. Dr. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Livingstone College, the Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from Howard University.

Dr. Coleman has reinforced St. Mark’s identify as a church with a traditional worship service, without the focus on personal priorities and interests featured during much contemporary worship. He is a faithful minister to the sick and bereaved of our congregation. To fortify a strong tradition in St. Mark, Dr. Coleman has encouraged the revitalization of languishing or inactive clubs such as the EverReady Club, the Gleaners, the Trustee Aid and the Silver Leaf Club. Other endeavors, such as the Human Dignity Ministry, have been enhanced. As an expansion of outreach to the community, Dr. Coleman initiated the St. Mark Learning Center that provides afterschool tutorial services for children in our community.

Since coming to St. Mark, Dr. Coleman has led the Trustee Board in making significant repairs and improvement to our church building. With a eye toward St. Mark’s future. Institutional Advancement Committee, organized by Dr. Coleman in 2011, seeks to encourage planned giving through bequeaths and wills to help sustain St. Mark in the future.



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    St. Mark AME Zion Church

    531 South Roxboro Street
    Durham, NC 27701
    (919) 688-2092

    Email: stmarkamezion@nc.rr.com

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    Sunday Services
    Sunday School for All – 8:45 am
    Morning Worship Service – 10:00 am

    Communion – 1st Sunday

    Weekly Bible Study
    Bible Study Wednesday Noon & 6:30 pm
    Prayer Meeting Wednesday 7:15 pm
    Men’s Bible Study Tuesday 7 pm-8 pm
    Women’s Bible Study Tuesday 7 pm-8 pm

  • Today’s Bible Verse

    “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
    — 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)