Executive Pastor

George Coates

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Rev. George M. Coates is a native of Lawndale, N.C. in Cleveland County. After graduating from Burns High School he received a B.S. Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also received an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary.  He is married to Rev. Phyllis K. Coates who currently serves as Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove UMC, in Charlotte, NC.  They have one son, the Rev. George Marcell Coates, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Keita T. Coates, and grandchildren Peter Emanuel Coates and Alana Patience Coates.

Occupationally, prior to entering the ministry he served as Executive Director of the Guilford County Substance Abuse Coalition; Senior VP – Finance and Administration with Triangle United Way in Research Triangle Park and spent nearly 12 years in the banking industry.  Rev. Coates is an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church and has served as the Assistant Pastor of Peace and Raleigh’s Crossroads United Methodist Churches, Pastor of Triad Native American UMC, and is the former pastor of Laughlin Memorial and Newlyn Street United Methodist Churches in the Northern Piedmont District.

Most importantly he is a Child of God.

  July 2022  
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