Pastor James (Jim) Coffin – Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Growing up on a farm in Missouri, Jim spent a year at Union College in Lincoln Nebraska and a year as a church volunteer in Mexico. He subsequently earned a degree in theology at Newbold College in England and later was ordained as a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. During his ministerial career, he worked in both the United States (26 years) and Australia (10 years).
Pastor Coffin spent nine years working in youth ministry and nine years as an editor of Seventh-day Adventist publications. Prior to assuming his current role in 2011, he served for eighteen years as senior pastor of the Markham Woods Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Longwood, FL. Concurrent with his pastoral work, he directed a study center/think tank that sought to create more effective communication between religious adherents and our postmodern and increasingly secularized society. He has authored three books dealing with the theory about, practice of and questions arising from religion and written scores of articles for religious publications and websites. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.