Coleman L. Coates earned an AB in Anthropology from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. A freelance writer and editor of Christian education material at D.C. Cook, and language arts at Follet Educational Corporation, he collaborated with John Perkins on Let Justice Roll Down. Ordained at forty, Coates served PCUSA churches until retirement and worked as a chaplain in a state mental hospital. He plays the French horn, has done choral conduction and composed hymns, and is a prize-winning amateur photographer. Widowed with three adult children and five grandchildren, he lives in Tulsa, OK.