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James (Jim) Coffin is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After retiring from denominational employment in 2011, he served for nearly 12 years as Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Advent Health’s Central Florida Division. During his ministerial career, he worked in both the United States (26 years) and Australia (10 years), serving 9 years as a youth pastor, 4 years as assistant editor of the Adventist Review, 5 years as senior editor at Signs Publishing Company in Australia, and 18 years as senior pastor at Markham Woods Church in Longwood, Florida. He has authored three books, written some 100 op-eds for the Orlando Sentinel (usually addressing religious or social/ethical topics), and has written widely for an array of Adventist publications and websites. He and his wife, Leonie, have three adult sons.