A Word from Your Crossroads Team: At Crossroads Bible College, we believe that people who are committed to and dependent upon Christ are what’s most important about any educational institution. It’s with this conviction in mind that we’ve created this Crossroads Bible College series Getting to Know…. Today we get to know one of our CBC alumni and employees, Annetta Coleman.
From Student, to Alumni, to Staff Member
I first heard of Crossroads Bible College while I was a member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, where Jonathan Bailey Sr., pastored. The school was named Baptist Bible College. I began my Christian education in 1999, but had to postpone my education due to life’s interventions. I tried again to enroll in 2005, but had to halt my education again. Then in 2010, I made a faith move. I was determined with God’s help to complete my intended degree program and this time I succeeded.
Months after receiving my degree, I was called, interviewed for, and offered the position of Director of Admissions and Retention in the Enrollment Management office at Crossroads. What an honor to have an opportunity to take the education that I acquired here at the college and apply it to help build the students at the college. I am excited and looking forward to how God will use me in this position. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
By God’s grace, I have been employed at CBC since February 2016. While here, I am called to support the mission of the school as well as the mission of my team. My ultimate goal is to glorify God throughout the process. While working here, I am learning how to “Trust in the Lord with all my heart; and lean NOT to my own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6 paraphrased). I’m finding that when I do that, I see His hand more and more guiding me throughout the days. I’m learning in all things to give God “thanks,” and I am also learning God is not so worried about your ability but your availability. When we are teachable, lessons from the Lord are provided each day.
Crossroads’ Impact on My Life and Ministry
Crossroads is a great place to be. I would encourage anyone who would like to further their Christian education to enroll in this school. One of the first ministry opportunities that the Lord allowed me to lead was birthed out of the knowledge gained from a class at Baptist Bible College (aka Crossroads Bible College). When I first attended the college, I was not aware that God had a specific order for the family.
After I was educated in this area and being a single woman, I wanted to share the news with as many people, particularly women, about this. I was encouraged to ask my former pastor if I could start a singles ministry. This ministry would be dedicated to the Lord while we learned the principles of living life single and holy unto Him. God’s grace extended in the ministry as I led the singles at my current church, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Darryl K. Webster, for many years. I am now on the Christian Education Board, and I lead the Lay Mobilization ministry.
More About Annetta
My salvation came early in life, but it was not until my late thirties that I surrendered to Christ. Learning that to know Christ was much more than just talk, I realized that I was sinner who needed desperately to be saved. Since then, I try to live my life knowing that “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but it is Christ that lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). I would say this is my life verse.
One of my favorite Scripture verses that I’ve learned to hang on to is Isaiah 41:10. It means so much to me because while I was waiting in the “waiting room” when my mom was very ill, God spoke to me through this verse. It was comforting then and every time I read it, it remains comforting. My favorite books of the Bible are Psalms because I gain so much strength through them and Proverbs because of the wisdom gained.
I have been blessed with two children: Terrance who is 23 years old and Aysia who is 17 years old. We all love to roller skate. My daughter loves singing praises unto our God and basketball. My son loves to work. In my spare time, I read, attend/host home Bible studies, attend conferences, and watch movies. I also like to travel.
My favorite colors are all earth tone colors. I love to eat salmon, tilapia, spaghetti, and deli sandwiches. One of my favorite movies is Driving Miss Daisy.