Delman Coates

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Rev. Delman L. Coates, Ph.D.
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Rev. Delman Coates speaking at a workshop about religious diversity in the workplace.
Born January 13, 1973
Richmond, VA
Nationality American
Education Columbia University (Ph.D.)(M.Phil.)
Harvard Divinity School (M.Div.)
Morehouse College (B.A.)
Children 2 sons
2 daughters
Church Christian, Baptist
Ordained 1998
Congregations served
Mt. Ennon Baptist Church
Title Senior Pastor
Delman Coates
Democratic candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Election date
June 24, 2014
Running mate Heather Mizeur
Opponent(s) Kenneth Ulman
Jolene Ivey
Incumbent Anthony Brown
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Prince George's County, Maryland
Occupation Pastor

Rev. Dr. Delman L. Coates (born January 13, 1973) is an American Christian minister who has served as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, a megachurch located in Clinton, Maryland, since 2004. During this time, the congregation has grown to almost 10,000 members. Dr. Coates has initiated and revitalized ministries, expanded the church's ministry campus and land holdings, and incorporated the Mt. Ennon Development Corporation (MEDC). In October 2009, Outreach Magazine named Mt. Ennon as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Congregations in the U.S. Pastor Coates is Founder of the New Abolitionism Campaign, Founder and President of the Black Church Center for Justice & Equality (BCC), He is a board member of the Parents Television Council and the National Action Network. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Morehouse College Board of Preachers, and the NAACP.


Rev. Delman Coates is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A. in Religion, 1995), Harvard Divinity School (Master of Divinity, 1998), and Columbia University (Master of Philosophy in Religion, 2002; Ph.D. in New Testament & Early Christianity, 2006).


Dr. Coates published articles including: "And the Bible Says: Methodological Tyranny of Biblical Fundamentalism and Historical Criticism" in Blow the Trumpet in Zion (2004, "Towards a Progressive Christian Interpretive Praxis" in The African-American Pulpit (2004), and "Origen of Alexandria" in Union Seminary Quarterly Review (vol. 59:3-4, 2005). Coates wrote a piece entitled “The New Abolitionism: Monetary Reform and the Future of Civil Rights,” which is in the book “Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama” (2017). Among his published sermons include “From Proclamation to Protest” (The African American Pulpit, July 2008) and “Race Still Matters” (TAAP 2009).

In 2008, TAAP honored him as one of the "20 To Watch." In 2012, “The Root” named Dr. Coates as one of their 100 African American achievers and influencers. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) honored Dr. Coates in 2013 for his commitment to advancing civil rights and liberties for all. The same year, Ebony magazine selected him as one of their “Power 100.”

Coates’s ministry, messages, and social activism spans a variety of media platforms. He has appeared on, and been profiled in, national media such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Essence Magazine, NPR, VH1, The New York Times, The Washington Post, & Huffington Post, and is featured in the documentary The New Black.

Personal life

Dr. Coates is the proud father of four children: sons, Nathaniel and Joshua, and twin daughters, Ava Marie and Leah Blair.


Maryland House of Delegates member Heather Mizeur named Coates as her running mate in the 2014 race for governor.[1]


  1. ^ Wagner, John (November 13, 2013). "Mizeur to name Delman Coates, a Prince George's pastor, as her running mate in Md". Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 

External links

  • The New Abolitionism Campaign
  • Mt. Ennon Baptist Church
  • God Made Music
  • Enough Is Enough Campaign
  • The African American Pulpit
  • Delman Coates, Ph.D. Instagram
  • Delman Coates, Ph.D. Facebook
  • Delman Coates, Ph.D. Twitter

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