Rev. Phyllis K. Coates is a native of Pittsboro, N.C. in Chatham County. After graduating from the Chatham County Schools she received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Durham Technical Institute, a B.A. from Shaw University in Religion and Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary. She is an Elder in the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Coates is married to Rev. George Melvin Coates. They have one son, the Rev. George Marcell Coates (who is pastor of Hartzell and McQueen’s Chapel UMC in Hickory), a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Keita T. Coates and a grandson.
She has been a tutor in The Guilford County Schools, past president of the Guilford County Councils of PTA’s; past member of the Comer School process within the Guilford County Schools; member and treasurer of the Pulpit Forum; and has served as a board member of The Volunteer Center of Greensboro. She currently serves as a member of the Greensboro Cluster, an ecumenical association of pastors; is a Network Clergy Leader for the Northern Piedmont District and Convener for African-American Ministries for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She has served as the pastor of Zion Hill, Peace, and Raleigh’s Crossroads United Methodist Churches in Greensboro and of St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in Trinity, N.C. She currently and proudly serves as the Pastor of St John’s United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.
She loves music and is inspired by the 27th Psalm: The Lord is my Light and my salvation, whom shall I fear. Most importantly she is a Child of God.