Dr. Marlon Joseph Coleman, Th.D., MBA is the Lead Pastor of The Temple of HOPE Church in Muskogee Oklahoma. Pastor Marlon, as he is affectionately known, loves people and works tirelessly to grow families through expressing the love given to us by Jesus Christ. In 2020 he was elected as the 50th Mayor of Muskogee.
 
Pastor Marlon is a native of New Orleans Louisiana where he was licensed to preach at the Pleasant Valley Church and later ordained by the Louisiana Freedmen General Association. In New Orleans he served as Youth Pastor, Youth Director of the Freedmen Association, and was active in the community providing ministry services through assisting residents with local food and clothing pantries, coordinating evangelism programs, working with relief efforts, voter registration drives, and serving his community. 
 
The Temple of HOPE Church has experienced tremendous growth under Pastor Marlon, having baptized over 200 souls and received many new members. In 2015 Pastor Marlon marched the church into its new 32,000 square foot worship campus located at 500 West Broadway Street in downtown Muskogee Oklahoma. The church is currently renovating it’s former place of worship into a community recreation center that will have an indoor basketball court, outdoor walking trail, picnic area and a football/soccer/multi-use field. 
 
In additional to his spiritual calling Pastor Marlon is a very accomplished professional having worked for the United States Government for over 22 years holding senior management and administrative positions across the country and is a former adjunct professor at Washington Theological Seminary, Bacone College, and Connors State College. He is currently engaged in his local community on many levels. He is also Past-President of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, the largest nonprofit organization in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Pastor Marlon has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and Doctorate of Theology in Pastoral Care from Andersonville Theological Seminary.