D. Z. Cofield is a native New Yorker who has traveled across the world serving in the gospel of Jesus Christ. After graduating from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, he earned a Masters Degree in Theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas and a Doctor of Ministry Degree at Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. D. Z. Cofield became the Senior Pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in 1994. Since 1994, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church has grown from 150 members to just under 3,000 members. With congregational growth has come campus expansion, including the complete renovation of the current sanctuary, the building and construction of the Center for Hope, a 66,000 square foot family life facility with future plans to build a new state-of-the-art children’s ministry facility and senior citizens complex
Dr. Cofield is the Founder of Hope for Families, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to rebuild communities by rebuilding families. Additionally, he also serves as CEO of the Hope Educational District, a non-profit organization designed to provide a quality, critical thinking learning environment for all children from infancy through high school. Educational entities under his leadership include Barbara Jordan International Preschool, Hope Academy Charter High School and the Global Learning Village, a K-12 open enrollment charter school focusing on project-based learning and language immersion.