Community Alliance Church Rev. Monte Coffman shares a message with the congregation Sunday, Sept. 29.
“… press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 3:14
One could expect a degree of complacency to rest on the shoulders of someone who has been a licensed minister for 24 years, been in full-time ministry for 27, and has spent nearly 10 in their present position.
Just don’t expect that from Pastor Monte Coffman of Community Alliance Church.
Coffman has led the congregation at 905 Falcon Drive for what will be 10 years in January, but he hadn’t been ordained by The Christian and Missionary Alliance church, which provides international leadership of 24,000 churches, until recently.
The ordination allows Coffman to put “Reverend” in front of his name now, but it’s not going to change a thing about the pastor or Community Alliance Church.
“It’s not like I’m going to do things differently now that I have technically ‘reverend’ before my name,” Coffman said. “That’s what it gains me, but that’s not who I am and not who the church knows. People know me as Monte or Pastor Monte.”
The ordination process began about six to seven years ago, with brunt of the work happening over the past four years. Coffman poured himself into classes and papers, and the process culminated with an oral review board at the C&MA South Pacific District headquarters in Temecula, Calif. The pastor said he needed the help he received as he prepared his theological defense that included scripture memorization and his position for the board.
“I asked God for a Holy Download to get all that into my 49-year-old brain,” he said. “Things don’t stick in my brain like they used to.”
Coffman said the process helped him internally by affirming his call of God.
“Scripture talks about testing. Test those who are going to be leaders, and a lot of internal tests were there,” he said. “God really showed me my limitations and my dependency on Him.”
The pastor also found the thrill of anticipation and joy as he became ordained.
“Process-wise it was an exciting, grueling, nail biting, and exhilarating experience all wrapped in one,” Coffman said. “There was stress on one side yet joy on the other. To see something start and see something through to completion has been a good part of the journey.”
Coffman and his wife, Roni, have been married for 28 years. They have three children: the oldest is Victoria, 24; Kimblerly is 21 and a junior at Liberty University; and their son, Trey, 17, is the youngest and is in high school.
Community Alliance Church is inviting everyone to Pastor Coffman’s ordination ceremony, which will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.