Dallas Coffield (2021)

I was born at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to Air Force officer Dallas Biggs Coffield Jr and Tampa native Mrs. Sylvia Petteway Coffield, who met during their college years at the University of Tampa. The family moved to Tampa briefly while my father went to Vietnam. Upon his return, we moved to Germany, then to a suburb of Dallas, TX, and eventually to Ft Walton Beach, FL where I attended Pryor Junior High School and Choctawhatchee High School. I attended the University of Mississippi and Florida State University where I studied English (Literature) and Art History. After college, I found myself in the unique situation of being able to choose where I would make my life. I chose Tampa after spending so many years visiting our family here. I began as a server at Mise en Place restaurant, pursued my real estate license, and began a 14-year sales career with Smith and Associates Realty. There, I not only helped my clients buy and sell their homes, I also worked with developers in acquisition, assistance through design, and throughout the sales and closeout process. In May of 2008, I was given the great opportunity to take the CEO position in a new real estate office, Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central. I have led that office as CEO and a minority owner for 11 years, building it into one of the top real estate firms in Tampa. My professional skills include procuring and training talent, conflict resolution, and negotiations.

Although raised a Presbyterian and baptized at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church when I was a baby, I began attending Episcopal services with my ATO fraternity brothers in Oxford, MS. My interest in the Episcopal Church continued during my years in Tallahassee and, a few years after settling in Tampa, I began attending St Andrew’s for a year and finally St John’s where I was confirmed a few years later in 2000 and have been a member ever since. I have served in several capacities in St John’s and currently serve as a Verger, Lector, Chalice Bearer, and even periodic acolyte at the 8:00 a.m. service. My time here at St John’s has been some of the most important of my life. After my father’s death, I remember telling my mother how grateful I was to have been welcomed into this congregation. I love this church home better than any other I have known and am humbled and honored to be a member of the St. John’s Vestry.