Reverend Yunus Coldman is an ordained Interfaith Minister. In 2010 he began seeking a path that included multiple spiritual walks of life and finally became an Interfaith Minister for the sole purpose of bringing life and divine love to those who seek his counsel and services.
In September of 2013, Reverend Yunus made the milestone, life changing, life affirming decision to move forward in the process of transition and to become a visible activist for the Trans* community within ministry.
Reverend Yunus is the Eastern Regional Minister of Trans Saints. Trans Saints is a community of Trans* faith leaders involved in advocacy focused on the unique perspectives of the African American Trans* community. These issues include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS, safe shelter, non-discrimination, Trans* affirming theology and other areas of Trans* sensitivity resulting in change of attitudes, public policies, and equal rights for persons of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming experience.
Reverend Yunus is a minister at Rivers of Living Waters Ministries UCC. There he serves as Director of The Circle. This ministry includes regular healing circles and counsel, meditation, and Reiki practices. At Rivers of Living Waters New York, he is also the Co-Director of the Healing & Restoration Ministry. This ministry affirms and advocates for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming persons in the church and community.
He serves as Board Member with LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, a 501(c)3 organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and same gender loving people of African Descent and their allies formed to serve as ambassadors and educators to oppose discrimination, exclusion or intimidation of LGBT persons in our society and particularly in our church communities. He is an honorary Board Member of Harlem Pride, Inc. whose mission is to advocate for, educate, promote, and unite Harlem’s Same Gender Loving/LGBT individuals, organizations and supporters in cultivating a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture and community. He is a member of the Unity Project Affirming Faith Leader Network, spearheaded by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, the first multi-agency initiative to support New York City’s LGBTQ youth. Reverend Yunus also provides ministerial support on several committees with the National LGBT Task Force.
Additionally, he recently completed his studies and received certification with the NYS Chaplaincy Task Force and has, in the past, offered chaplain services to the Trans community at Riker’s Island.
On December 8, 2018 Reverend Yunus Coldman, was awarded the Humanitarian Award “For Many Years of Dedication and Loyalty to the Community” from Princess Janae Place whose mission is to help people of Trans experience maximize their full potential as they transition from homelessness to independent living offering a critical referral source for members to secure housing navigation, substance use and mental health resources, legal assistance, job training/placement and health care. Their motto is “Housing IS healthcare!”
He is CEO of Soulful Touch Services which, as a licensed NY Wedding Officiant provides ceremonial services throughout the New York tri-state area and Long Island and as a Certified Reiki Master Teacher offers Reiki healing practices, counsel and meditation.
Reverend Yunus Coldman is available for speaking engagements, panel discussions, and a variety ministerial services including weddings, guided meditations & healing circles and Reiki services. He may be contacted at email@example.com or 347-527-0487.