Rev. Kevin J. Cooper, Sr.
... is a native of Cleveland and is the youngest of four children of Lillie and the late Joseph Cooper. He is married to the lovely and beautiful Yolanda Cooper and they have one child, Kevin J. Cooper Jr.
Rev. Cooper is a graduate of the Law and Public Service Magnet High School in Cleveland, OH and part of the first graduating class of that school. After graduating from High School, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and has earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Payne Theological Seminary.
Rev. Cooper was employed by Huckleberry House in Columbus, Ohio, (which is a homeless shelter for teenagers) where he was a youth outreach specialist. He then moved from Columbus back to Cleveland, OH where he continued his career as a counselor for teens and their families at Westhaven Youth Shelter, (another homeless shelter for teens). While at Westhaven, he created The Family Preservation Program which became The Family Advocacy Program and he became the program coordinator. After leaving Westhaven, he served as a case manager for Volunteers of America (a homeless shelter for men).
While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Rev Cooper accepted his call from GOD to preach the gospel. After receiving his licenses to preach, he served as an associate minister at: St. Paul, Columbus, OH; St. Paul, Cleveland, OH; and St. James, Cleveland, OH. He has also served as a Supply Pastor at St. Andrews, Coshocton, OH.
In November 1999, Rev. Cooper received an appointment from Bishop Henry A. Belin Jr. to Pastor Greater Morris Chapel A.M.E. Church in Farrell, PA. Under his pastorate, the parsonage was renovated, as well as renovations to the church with the addition of a new concrete wheelchair accessible ramp, new carpet and central air conditioning.
On November 12, 2005, Bishop Robert V. Webster gave him an appointment to Pastor Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served as Senior Pastor. Following in the gigantic footsteps of his predecessor and the great history of the church, Rev. Cooper moved the church forward by the grace of God. Under his leadership, Lee Chapel received a new roof, state of the art sound and video equipment for the media ministry and the kitchen was totally renovated. With his Pastoral guidance, we were able to self-finance and install a new HVAC system for the church.
On October 12, 2019, at the close of the 189th Session of the Ohio-South Ohio Annual Conference, Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, appointed Rev. Kevin Cooper, Sr, to the Historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Columbus, Ohio to serve as the Senior Pastor. While at St. Paul, Pastor Cooper led the church in renovating the St. Paul Church Annex and secured funding to replace the concrete wheelchair ramp which is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
On December 29, 2021, Pastor Cooper received an appointment from Bishop Errenous Earl McCloud to be the proud Pastor of United A.M.E. Church in Xenia, OH and he is excited about the great things God will continue to do at United A.M.E. Church.