Since then, he  has worked to help transform the lives of many individuals.  He began his prisoner re-entry work in Portland, Oregon in 2003 and moved to Chicago in 2004 to continue this work at the Westside Health Authority as an Outreach Worker and Community Organizer. Pastor Coleman later became the first Director of Prisoner Re-Entry Services there.  He was instrumental in developing the Community Support Advisory Council (CSAC) re-entry model, a faith-based community collaborative program of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) that has been implemented by the IDOC across the State of Illinois.  While at WHA, he also developed the model for the One Stop Re-Entry Centers implemented by Mayor Richard M. Daley in the City of Chicago. During this time, Pastor Coleman was also actively involved in the Governor’s Statewide Community Safety and Reentry Commission, making recommendations on policy and aiding in long-term planning for these issues.  He was duly ordained and licensed as a Minister and Pastor in 2007. In 2007, Pastor Coleman was asked by the IDOC to serve as the first Statewide Coordinator of the CSAC.  In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing, training and coordinating all of the CSAC programs in the State.  The primary focus of Pastor Coleman’s work has been easing the transitions of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society.  Through this work, he has helped many to change their lives and to become productive citizens, thus promoting community safety.  Pastor Coleman has worked with various faith and community organizations to develop and expand re-entry programs as well as consulted with other criminal justice entities in developing community based prisoner re-entry.  He also has served on the Institutional Review Board for Loyola University in the capacity of inmate advocate.  Because of the work he has done, Pastor Coleman has received numerous awards and commendations, including an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. He also speaks at conferences and churches nationally.  Pastor Coleman’s life and work has been profiled in The Chicago Tribune and other local newspapers, on WGN Television’s Chicago’s Very Own series, on WTTW Chicago Tonight, and on many other local media programs. Pastor Coleman and his wife Nancy have three sons; David, Joseph, and Jadon.  He is the Founder and President of James Coleman Ministries, which is now his full time pursuit. 

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 Pastor James W. Coleman, D.D. committed his life to Christ in a prison cell in 1995. He received the call of God on his life, when the Lord said to him; "JAMES, YOU'VE BEEN SERVING THE DEVIL ALL YOUR LIFE. IT IS TIME YOU SERVE ME NOW. JAMES, YOU HAVE BEEN ACTING A FOOL FOR THE DEVIL. IT IS TIME YOU ACT A FOOL FOR ME. I HAVE CALLED YOU TO MINISTER MY WORD. I WILL LEAD THEM TO YOU, YOU LEAD THEM TO ME. MINISTER MY WORD AT ALL COSTS. I WILL PROVIDE."