Piney Ridge United Methodist Church
Pastor Phyllis K. Coates
Rev. Phyllis K. Coates is a native of Pittsboro, N.C. in Chatham County. After graduating from
the Chatham County Schools, she received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from
Durham Technical Institute, a B.A. from Shaw University in Religion and Philosophy and a
Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary. She is an Elder in Full Connection in
the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Coates is married to Rev. George Melvin Coates. They have one son, the Rev. George
Marcell Coates and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Keita T. Coates and Grandchildren, Peter
Emanuel Coates and Alana Patience Coates.
Occupationally, she is a retired magistrate and Administrative Hearing Traffic Court Judge
and she served as the pastor of Zion Hill, Peace, Raleigh's Crossroads, St. Mary's
and St. John's United Methodist Churches, all in the Northern Piedmont District. She
currently serves the Empire Circuit in the Uwharrie District, which includes Stout's Chapel,
Pleasant Hill and Piney Ridge United Methodist Churches.
Rev. Coates loves music and most importantly, she is a Child of God.
Piney Ridge Shepherds
We give thanks to our past and present Pastoral Leaders:
Reverend Clark 1885
Reverend Arph Hill 1948
Reverend Morehead 1950
Reverend Tarpley 1960s
Reverend Morehead 1960s
Reverend Arthur Hall 1960s
Reverend Garland Warren 1971
Reverend EJ Jones 1970s
Reverend John Grey 1970s
Reverend Paul Milton 1978-1979
Reverend John Moore 1979-1980