James (Jim) Coffin, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, brings to his role a diverse life experience. Pastor Coffin grew up on a farm in Missouri. After a year at Union College, in Lincoln Nebraska, he spent a year as a church volunteer in Mexico. He subsequently earned a degree in theology at Newbold College in England and was later 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). In addition to residing overseas for extended periods, he has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.
Pastor Coffin spent nine years of his pastoral work in youth ministry and nine years as an editor of Seventh-day Adventist publications. His last 18 years before assuming his current role, he served as senior pastor of the Markham Woods Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Longwood, Florida. Concurrent with his pastoral work at Markham Woods, he directed a study center/think tank that sought to create deeper understandings of and more effective communication between religious adherents and our postmodern and increasingly secularized society. He assumed his current role with the Interfaith Council in November 2011.
He has authored three books dealing with the theory about, practice of and questions arising from religion. He has written scores of articles for religious publications and websites. And he has had some sixty “My Word” opinion pieces printed in the Orlando Sentinel, usually addressing religious or social/ethical issues. He and his wife, Leonie, have three adult sons.
He can be contacted at email@example.com.