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Get to Know a Recent Relocatee of Washington County, VA

Find out what this newcomer loves about the region and his involvement in the community.

By Kevin Litwin on January 7, 2022

John Coleman
John Coleman

As the coordinator of Leadership Washington County, John Coleman is playing a large role in developing area leaders and connecting them with their community. And while Coleman himself is a recent relocatee (he and his wife, Susan, moved from Christiansburg to Damascus, VA in 2019), he has already become highly involved in the area. We sat down with Coleman to learn more about moving to Washington County, his family and his role as coordinator.

Q: What have you done since you moved to Damascus?

We opened a local arts and crafts consignment store called Discover Damascus, and one of my greatest joys is writing about 40 checks each month to people who made and sold crafts that they are passionate about.

Q: How is Susan involved in the community?

Susan also works on the town council, so the store gives her a presence on Laurel Avenue to run things and meet people. She meets with all the consignors and does the merchandising, and I keep track of the business end.

Q: You were a pastor for many years. Are you still involved with ministry?

I work with a children’s home in Kentucky and a Christian counseling center in West Jefferson (North Carolina). I also have a personal value that I find two people every day and learn their story.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

I’m an outdoorsman, so it’s great that I can basically walk out my door and catch a trout. I also like hiking as well as riding my bike to beautiful local attractions like Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Q: Are you enjoying serving as coordinator of Leadership Washington County?

I’ve been interested in leadership programs everywhere I’ve lived, and the Washington County initiative is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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