Apostle Neill Coffman
Apostle Neill started in ministry more than 25 years ago while still in the closet.
In 2000, he stepped out of the closet and resigned his position as pastor of a church in his home town. After a long personal journey, he and his husband, Pastor Dean, birthed a church from a year-long Bible study called “Expressions of Hope” that was held in their living room.
God called Apostle Neill and Pastor Dean to begin Expressions Church, which met April 6, 2008, in the historic Farmer’s Market building in downtown Oklahoma City for its first service. In June 2008, the church began meeting at the Lansbrook Event Center, and moved to its current location on the “Gay Strip” in the heart of OKC in June 2009.
In July 2009, God spoke to Apostle Neill to expand the ministry to include a new outreach called Expressions Community Center, a cooperative services environment which reaches more than 2,400 clients a year. ECC houses a variety of HIV testing, treatment, and prevention programs including mental health services, DHS, and many other agencies operating in collaboration. Expressions Ministries has expanded from 1,200 square feet to 16,000 square feet, spreading from one portion of a building to an entire campus in the same location.
“As a Pastor within the body of Christ my hope and prayer is that we can be there for our brothers and sisters so they can be all that God has called them to be,” Apostle Neill said. “That can only happen through safe, true, and authentic loving relationships where friends become family.”
How can this happen? Well? First we must build trusting authentic relationships one by one through love with no agenda. Second we must be able to invite each other into our living rooms (hearts) for loving intimate conversations about our walk, the Lord. and His precious word. Third we must release messages of Hope that will be so full of love that every person that hears that word will wake up to take that love to a struggling community. (BASICALLY THE CHURCH BEING FREE TO BE THE CHURCH). Fourth we must be there for each other in any way possible. From support behind the scenes, on the front lines, prayer, strategy, development, implementing ministries… but most of all building friendships through relationships.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20, MSG)
Teaching Pastor/Director of Education
Steve is a graduate of the seminary at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and holds two masters degrees in Biblical Literature and Divinity. He did his doctoral research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.
Senior Associate Pastor
Some people just know, even as kids. Some people hear that voice so clearly speaking about being a pastor, or a missionary, or a music minister, or … whatever. I’m not one of those people. My journey has lots of twists and turns and questions, but God has never left me. He never will.
I once (well, more than once) told God I would never go back to church after dealing with pains inflicted by people in His name, as well as those I caused to others in the same vein while fighting my identity. Thankfully, my loving Father always knew so much better, eventually leading me to Expressions. During this amazing route, I continue to grow and wander and see my faith evolve. God is just plain amazing and His love is so far beyond words.
I was reared in Wilson, Ok in both the United Methodist and Pentecostal Holiness church traditions (circuit riders before Civil War in ancestry) and grandparents some of the first Pentecostals in Oklahoma. I encountered Jesus Christ as my Savior who died for me and as my Lord who arose for me at Falls Creek Baptist Assembly as a youth in a dramatic, Spirit from heaven moment. Later, I experienced the power of the Spirit in filling, healing, prophecy, tongues, and in brokenness-forgiveness-and seemingly unanswered prayers (a lot around my sexuality!). Completed 4 year at a Pentecostal Holiness college, and while at Graduate school at Southern Nazarene, met Mr. John Wesley, a Church of England priest who was evangelical, moved in the Spirit, and the founder of Methodism. So as I entered Seminary at O.R.U., I became an United Methodist pastor. In college I had experienced a Catholic Charismatic Mass, and that led me to the Book of Common Prayer. It gave me form and prayers when I could not.
Later, as a pastor, went through a tornado that destroyed our parsonage with my family in it. I had married a beautiful, bright, and loving woman with whom I had two great children: a boy and a girl. Out of that trauma, this bright woman realized that a gay man should be married to another gay man! So divorce. I left the U.M. Church, and was ordained (again) as a Deacon, then a Priest in an independent, Anglican group (which sought to merge historic liturgy, evangelical beliefs, and the Spirit-empowered life). I came out in 2011 and met my present partner, Ron. I work full-time as a chaplain at O.U. Medical, and pastor (early on Sundays) a house church called Church Home. It is made up of people who came out of a Presbyterian Church I pastored for 6 years. I am so blessed to be associated with Expressions, and have watched this New Expression of Christ for several years. Thank you.
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