Meet 9 Cool Metro Dads

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Gregory “Heady” Coleman

41, coordinator at North Church and entrepreneur in Guthrie

Father to: Kenneth, 17; Zale, 10; Nia, 8

What is your favorite thing about being a dad?

Well, I can tell you it’s not waking up my kids for school in the morning. But, I would say my favorite thing about being a dad is the opportunity God has given me to train them up to be successful in life. I believe this is done through consistently teaching them the principles God has laid out in the Bible. 

I also love just hanging out as a family—eating together, bike riding through town, going to the movies, laughing about silly things, making up rap songs, etc.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about fatherhood?

The best advice I have ever gotten was a song I learned as a child that said, “read your bible and pray every day and you grow, grow, grow and you grow, grow, grow.” I think as long as I’m growing per this growth plan, I will be an awesome father. Now this is easier sang than done. 

Did you learn anything from your own parents that’s helped you be a better dad?

I learned from my mother to be consistent in sharing God’s Word with your children and I learned from my father to work hard to provide for your family. Side note: I didn’t grow up with my father and mother in the same home. However, I learned great things from both of them. High five to them for being awesome. 

What do you think is the biggest mistake most dads make?

I think, for me personally, the biggest mistake I make is allowing work to carry over into my family time. I need to work on being all there during my evenings and weekends with the family. 

What is the best and/or worst Father’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

The best gift I can ever get is just a great family dinner at home with my family. I love it when we just all sit around, eat, talk, laugh and play games. 

What’s your proudest moment so far as a dad?

The proudest moment so far is being a great husband to my wife so that my children can see how a healthy relationship should look. When I say healthy, I’m not talking perfect. 

What are you most looking forward to about fatherhood?

My children leaving the house and starting their own lives. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for them. Also, I’m ready for it to be just my wife and me hanging out solo but I’m going to enjoy them while they are here.

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