Mark Cooper celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination this June!
He is a man of many talents and St. James’s is blessed to have him as part of our clergy.
Mark was born into the Lutheran Church as his father was a Lutheran pastor. He received his Master of Divinity is from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
Mark journey begun with his ordination as an Associate Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Miami, Florida. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Mark served as staff of a couple of churches, then became interested in becoming a pastoral counselor. So he earned his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training as an intern at Memphis City Hospitals and as a resident at Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (VCU/MCVH). Down the road, he became head of the VCU/MCVH Clinical Pastoral Education program.
Mark was originally hired to join St. James’s staff by The Very Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith. Then he went to New York City and when he returned to Richmond, The Reverend Dr. Thom Blair, while interim rector, got Mark to rejoin St. James’s staff.
Mark is also an author and entrepreneur. He had his own counseling practice at Discern, Inc., and Pastoral Counseling Associates, Inc. Pastor Cooper’s first book was entitled Get A Life: A Second Chance After Fifty, and his second is Mapping Your Adventure: Discovering Integrity in a Life Review. We hear Mark is working on a novel now.
In addition to his teaching and pastoral assignments, Mark has led pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago and to Israel.
Wait there’s a more. Mark is an avid bicyclist. He’s ridden the week-long Bike Virginia event 30 or so times, ridden across the whole country two times, plus the length of California once. Mark got into triathlon two or three years ago, qualified for the Hawaii Iron Man, and plans to race in that next February.