D. Z. Cofield has traveled across the world sharing God’s love and serving people. He earned a Bachelors Degree at Swarthmore College, a Masters Degree in Theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree at Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.

He is a former instructor at Dallas Theological Seminary, a former adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies Houston, the former president of The Texas Center for Biblical Studies and a certified church revitalization strategist.

Dr. Cofield currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the historic Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Since that time, Good Hope has grown from a congregation of approximately 150 members to an active membership of more than 2500. Under his leadership Good Hope has additionally planted 4 churches out of the congregation and commissioned 2 full-time missionaries to Africa.

He is the founder of Hope for Families, Inc., a non-profit committed to rebuilding communities one family at a time through a comprehensive approach to addressing the basic needs of community residents in the areas of fresh food, healthcare, employment, and counseling. He is the founder of Project Hope, a program committed to helping at-risk youth succeed through creative and innovative strategies. He is a certified Church Revitalization Specialist and a principal in The Cofield Group, a consulting organization that teaches nationally and internationally in the areas of Christian Education, Expository Preaching, Pastoral Ministries, Worship, and Leadership Development. Additionally he serves as the President of the Congress of Christian Education and Director of the Minister’s Division for the Fellowship United District Association (FUDA).

He has received numerous community honors and awards including the Presidential Scholarship Award at Dallas Theological Seminary, the H. A. Ironside Award for excellence in expository preaching, listed in Who’s Who among Students in Colleges and Universities for three consecutive years and has been honored by The Church Online as a Pastor On The Rise in Houston. He has written for several Christian publications, including Preaching Today, Leadership Journal and the African-American Pastors’ Journal on Great Eulogies. Additionally, he hosts a weekly news and public affairs radio show and podcast called Real World, Real Talk, where he discusses current events and issues people are dealing with in the world, providing information, inspiration and insight to his listening audience.

He is married to the former Tori Moore, and together they have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.