Dr. Al Cooper
Cheryl and I were married in February 1973. We have four children (plus ten grandchildren) now scattered around the U.S and New Zealand. Our ministry has always been done as a couple. I am a military veteran, having taught for the Corps of Engineers in Gas Turbine Engines atFt. Belvoir,Virginia. During that time I was personally mentored by a committed Christian who thought he was assisting a future engineer, and appreciate the value such an opportunity provides.
I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, a Masters of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Counseling, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Ministry from Eastern Baptist in Philadelphia. Obviously I have transitioned from one discipline to another, and appreciate both. I believe that being guided by God in life-directions is an exciting and rewarding component of being alive. We have served churches in seven states: Kentucky, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, and West Virginia.
I enjoy jogging and railroads. I read regularly, and most often select Biblical and historical volumes.
For me, ministry is about developing maturity in discipleship. I have learned that the Bible is one master story with many smaller units, and that keeping the story together allows maturity in Christ to develop significantly. I appreciate what can be accomplished through small groups and through encouraging depth in Christian faith. I believe the Bible is fully inspired and that it can be trusted even when explored deeply. I enjoy providing a ½ hour weekly radio program on WAJR and feel that even radio ministry can reflect the depth available through God’s Word in ways which can be absorbed by listeners.