Rev. Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns is a University of Michigan Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing and Black Studies. Rev. Pat is a long-time advocate for the right of all persons to be free from gender oppression, sexism, racism, and violence. She has been married since 1977 to Rev. John H. Burns, II, Founding Pastor of First African Methodist (FAME) Church in Farmington Hills, MI. Their dynamic and anointed ministry was previously at Gregg Memorial AME Church, Detroit, MI from October 2014 – August 2015 and St. Matthew AME Church in Lansing, MI from October 2011-2014. First Lady & Associated Minister Coleman-Burns is an ordained local elder in the AME church. She previously served at Oak Grove AME Church in Detroit (2002-2009) under Rev. Dr. Robert Brumfield and Bethel AME Church in Ann Arbor (2009 –2011) under Rev. Dr. Joseph Cousin on the ministerial team.
She has coordinated Sankofa, Kwanzaa, Rites of Passage (boys & girls ages 12-17) health commission and woman ministry programs. She is the Director of Christian Education at First AME (FAME) Church. Pastor John and Dr. Pat are the authors of: Boaz—Kinsman Redeemer: A Time To Break Silence! Boaz–Kinsman
Most recently (January 2015) Dr. Coleman-Burns and Pastor Burns were in Hyderabad, India for a Women’s Prayer Convocation. Previous mission trips of Dr. Coleman-Burns included health ministries in the Kingdom of Lesotho, Sub-Saharan Africa in 2010; and, in March 2013 in Rwanda They have two sons, Seve (pronounced say – vey) John Burns and Dr. Robert S. Burns/(married Jade Curry Burns, PhD, MSN, RN, CPNP [certified pediatric nurse practitioner]); three granddaughters (Taiya Lanea, Madison Michelle Marie, and Angela Nicole) and one grandson (Robert Samuel II).
Rev. Dr. Coleman-Burns’ favorite biblical scripture is: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message) Currently her favorite songs are: “Break Every Chain!” , “I Repent”, and “Every Praise”.