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 and the former president of The Texas Center for Biblical Studies. Today, he teaches nationally and internationally in the areas of Christian Education, Expository Preaching, Pastoral Ministries, Worship and Leadership Development.
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 and has planted 3 churches out of the congregation. 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. Additionally, he founded Hope Educational Services, an organization committed to providing advocacy for children, as well as developing creative and innovative educational strategies for urban communities.
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, and was also listed in Who’s Who among Students in Colleges and Universities for three consecutive years. 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 our world, and provides inspiration and insight from the Bible and inspirational literature through his preaching and teaching ministry, Word of Hope Ministries.