Our Speaker

Rev. Donna Coletrane Battle is a native of Yanceyville, NC and is currently the Chaplain at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She previously served as the Executive Pastor of the Way Christian Center in Berkeley California, as well as, a Life Coach and Associate Dean of the Chapel at Shaw University. For the past 12 years, Donna has been engaging and facilitating groups in the areas of building healthy relationships, identity, cultivating ethics, values, diversity, conflict resolution and justice.  She has lead trainings and retreats for groups at Shaw University, NC State University, Meredith College, UC Berkeley, ResCare (Wake County) and various other organizations and churches across the northeast and in California.

On July 15, 2001 Donna was licensed to preach by Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church, and she was ordained in May 2005 by the Cedar Missionary Baptist Association. Donna holds a BA in Public Relations from NC A&T State University, a M.Div. from Duke University and is currently completing a Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University. Her dissertation topic is The experience of Unmarried Black Women who have a Desire to be Married. She is married to Dedrick Nathaniel Battle and together they have two tremendously terrific children Caio, 6 and Coletrane, 2.  Mediating, spending time with her family, reading, movies, counseling, preaching and teaching are among Donna’s greatest joys in life.