Church found, WCHB radio host dies
Detroit – — The Rev. Ron D. Coleman Sr., founder and senior minister of God Land Unity Church in Detroit and host of “Touching and Agreeing Radio” on WCHB-AM (1200), died suddenly at his home Friday, Nov. 21. He was 68.
He was the husband of Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman, D-Detroit, and founded God Land Unity Church, 22450 Schoolcraft Road, in 1995 after serving as minister of West Side Unity Church in Detroit from 1993-95. He also served as senior minister of Unity Church of Truth in Houston from 1988-93 and senior minister of Unity Church of Champaign in Urbana, Illinois, which he founded, from 1983-88.
“My husband was my rock and my inspiration,” Clark-Coleman said. “His passion for helping others less fortunate was indeed contagious. His passing has created a tremendous void in my life and the lives of many others.”
He also served as president of the Brightmoor Pastoral Alliance, past vice president of the Brightmoor Alliance and past president of Unity Urban Ministerial School.
The Rev. Coleman — also known as the Rev. Ron — grew up in Detroit and graduated from Western High School, Wayne County Community College District and Unity Urban Ministerial School. He was ordained a minister in 1983.
He was known as a moving and motivational speaker who was invited to speak at churches across the country and abroad.
The Rev. Coleman and Clark-Coleman were married for 16 years. He is survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He enjoyed boating and fishing.
Family hour at God Land Unity Church will start 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral. The Rev. Guy Lynch of Unity of Beaverton Church in Beaverton, Oregon, will offer the eulogy. He is a former pastor of Renaissance Unity in Warren.
O.H. Pye III Funeral Home in Detroit is handling the arrangements. The Rev. Coleman will be buried at Historic Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
Condolences can be sent to God Land Unity Church or Clark-Coleman’s office, which is on the seventh floor of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit.