Joyce Meyer Ministries has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sheri Coleman who, along with her two sons, were murdered in 2009 by her husband Christopher Coleman. A St. Clair County judge heard arguments in Monroe County on why the case should be dismissed.
Christopher Coleman was the chief of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries, based in Fenton, Missouri. He spent months planning the murder of his wife and sons, writing and sending death threats in order to plant the idea in the minds of authorities that his family had been randomly targeted by a psychotic killer. The bodies of Sheri Coleman and her sons, Garett and Gavin, were found in their Columbia, Illinois home in 2009. Christopher Coleman was convicted of first degree murder two years later.
Sheri Coleman’s mother and brother have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the ministry, claiming that the organization did not do enough to protect the family. The ministry, which was aware of the death threats against the family, contacted authorities.
Sheri Coleman’s family claims that her husband’s motivation in murdering his family was to avoid a divorce and start a new life with a woman he was having an affair with. The family claims that the ministry was aware that Christopher Coleman was having an affair, and that the organization should have taken more action.
Attorneys for Joyce Meyer Ministries, in arguing for a dismissal of the wrongful death suit, said that the ministry could not have been aware that Coleman was planning to murder his wife and children, when even police did not know.