Mark Coats and his family have a long historical tie to the South Miami communities. As a proud Cobra, Mark Coats graduated from South Miami Senior High School. He followed his family legacy of civic service, and applied for admission in the New Orleans Theological Seminary for Divinity Studies. Thereafter, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Baptist College of Florida. This educational achievement allowed him to serve for over 19 years as Pastor for Grace of God Baptist Church in the heart of Miami-Dade’s District 9.
Mark Coats was a public servant for over 20 years, first as a Commission Aide and Chief-of-Staff to City Commissioner Victor De Yurre at the City of Miami. He later was Special Assistant to Miami-Dade County, Mayor Alex Penelas. Over the years, Mark Coats has assumed many community leadership roles: he has, for instance, been a member of the Miami Rivers of Life Diversionary Program for juveniles in the justice system Advisory Board; he has also been a member of the Board of Director of the One Church-One Child program, after appointed by both Governor Lawton Childs and Governor Jeb Bush.
Mark Coats loves being a husband, a father and a grandfather. In his private time, he enjoys reading and mentoring young people in the community. Mark Coats and his wife Tina run a K-12 school that educates students from the Goulds, in the Homestead area. Mark Coats’ experiences of civic and public leaderships, along with his business acumen combined favorably to give him the knowledge and know-how needed to serve with excellence as your County Commissioner for District 9.
My civic leadership as a pastor for 19 years, and as a public servant in local government, while serving in many different capacities, has given me the necessary knowledge to serve with excellence as your County Commissioner.
Civic and community leadership roles
- Pastor of the Grace of God Baptist Church.
I served as a Board of Directors for One Church One Child, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Lawton Childs.
- Member of the Rivers Rivers Life Diversion Program Advisory Board for young people in the justice system.
- Member of the Advisory Board-Martin Luther King Parade.
- Vice President of the African American Council of Christian Clergy.
- Associate Pastor at Glendale Baptist Church.
- Young Pastor at Glendale Baptist Church.
- Guest writer for the Florida Baptist Testimony.
- Baptist Convention of Florida.