Rev. Todd Cooper Executive Pastor
Rev. Todd A. Cooper is native of Tyler and a graduate of John Tyler High School. After high school, Rev. Cooper joined the United States Marine Corp. The pastor served time in California, North Carolina, Japan, and Kuwait. In 1994 Rev. Cooper was honorably discharged from his service as a Marine and returned to home to Tyler. After leaving the Marine Corp, Rev. Cooper worked primarily in the IT field and in business management.
It was in 1995 when Rev. Cooper said his life began to truly change. After becoming a part of a local congregation, Rev. Cooper began to grow in his walk with the Lord and in his understanding of Repentance and of Grace. Psalm 84 is in some ways a reflection of his new life; Rev Cooper points out specifically verse 10, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper outside the house of the Lord than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.” The pastor’s powerful life story takes many twists and turns but it’s through all those tribulations he felt God was refining him.
Rev. Cooper graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in History. In December of 2001, Todd married his wife Kelli and they have two daughters, Alison and Anna.
It was in 2010, after years of praying and conversation with his wife, that Rev. Cooper made the decision to go into full-time ministry. Rev. Cooper completed his graduate work at Perkins Seminary on the campus of Southern Methodist University and was commissioned as an elder in 2015. While attending Southern Methodist University, Rev. Cooper was the 2013 recipient of the William K. McElvaney Preaching Award and the 2015 recipient of the Robert Weatherford Prize for Internship Preaching. Rev. Cooper has pastored both First United Methodist Church of Brownsboro, as well as St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tyler prior to coming to John Wesley. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Cooper has previously served on the Board of Trustees for the St. Paul’s Children’s Foundation in Tyler, the Oscar Romero Foundation in Dallas, Texas which oversees the La Rosa Blanca School in San Salvador, and Texas Impact in Austin, Texas.