Elder Ivan Coats was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and currently resides in Ballwin, Missouri. Previously, Ivan lived in Virginia where he was a member of Word of Faith Christian Fellowship, where Apostle Duane Coats, Sr. is the Senior Pastor and Evangelist Jeanette Coats is the Pastor and Pastor Gary Holland is the Associate Pastor. Elder Coats is currently in fellowship with Christian Faith Center Church, where Apostle Melvin Dunn is the Pastor.
Ivan loves Jesus and is dedicated to serving his people and helping wherever possible. In 2006, he was ordained as a Deacon and that dedication did not stop, it grew. He is a man who believes in telling it like it is and wishes to convey the message to the people that “With God, things get better not worse”. Ivan remains humble and attentive to the needs of God’s people.
God has blessed Ivan to have the opportunity to work in many areas of the church. He has or currently works in the following areas: Sound Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Youth, Musicians, Deacon Board, and Ushers Ministry; to name a few. Ivan enjoys working and being a servant for the Lord.
Ivan attended Longwood University in Farmville, VA where he had the privilege to become a member of the prestigious fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. He was also a member of the NAACP. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and holds a Master's certificate from The George Washington University. In the future Ivan wishes to continue his education in Biblical Studies.
Ivan has been married to his one and only wife, the lovely Lakisha Coats, since 2005. They have two handsome sons, Duane (Tre) and Jordan. He likes playing basketball, flag football, and softball and will challenge anyone to a game of spades. Ivan enjoys being a husband, father, son, brother, friend, and servant of God.
Elder Ivan launched Common Knowledge Ministries in October 2012 although God laid it on his heart much earlier. Alot of people have common knowledge of worldly things like; where to get a Whopper (Burger King), what sport did Michael Jordan play (Basketball), who is the President of the U.S. (Barack Obama). When asked about the things of God and what His word says, there is an uncomfortable silence. God has birthed this ministry in Elder Coats so the Word of God can be spread so that it becomes "common knowledge".