I’m John Coleman, husband to Kathy, father to Elena and Micah, father-in-law to Matt, grandfather to Cole and Killian, pastor at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Oniontown, Pennsylvania, and writer of whatever I please. Since I studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins thirty years ago, I’ve written just about every day. It used to be mostly poetry, which I published in literary journals (e.g. The Southern Review, The Literary Review, College English, The Southern Poetry Review, and so on). During those years, like a lot of poets, I was a college English professor. Shortly before Elena was born in 1988 I had a nervous breakdown, and my energy and writing turned to putting my life back together. I published Questions from Your Cosmic Dance (Hazelden) in 1997, the same year I began studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. In 2002, the year after I was ordained, The Unexpected Teachings of Jesus (Jossey-Bass) came out.
These days I write mostly for this blog and contribute occasional essays to Greenville, Pennsylvania’s daily, the Record Argus.
When I’m not napping, reading, writing, or doing church work, I run to ward off obesity, cook (and, Kathy claims, bomb the kitchen), pinch myself to be sure I’m not dreaming that I’ve got such wonderful home and church families, and practice contemplative prayer. I’m grateful.
If anything you read on A Napper’s Companion makes you want to talk to me, I’d love to hear from you. Be welcome to e-mail me at JohnColemanObl@gmail.com. If you prefer to write an old-fashioned letter, send it to me at 402 Parkway Drive, Erie, PA 16511.
Peace and best,