Meet the Team
Michael Cooper: National director, England
Michael, another ex serviceman on the team, joined the Royal Air Force at 17. As a Radar Engineer his career saw him serve at Early Warning stations around the UK. His final posting in 1987 was to RAF Ash, in his home county of Kent, where he was responsible for the station’s Air Defence Systems. In 'civvy street’ Michael enjoyed a number of technical, managerial and commercial roles in IT and Business Continuity; until redundancy in 2012 saw him make a complete ‘career' change - behind the wheel of a double-decker bus!
Michael became a Christian whilst a chorister at the Collegiate church of All Saints, Maidstone. Growing up, getting married and living and working in a military environment all presented their challenges. Like many, Michael experienced plenty of ups and downs trying to live out his faith, but a move back to Maidstone and some pioneering work with a friend in establishing a new men's ministry re-ignited his passion and commitment to serve Jesus. The love of singing continues through his involvement in the worship group. In addition Michael enjoys an active role in the life of his local church, in outreach, community projects, AV, house groups, as well as continuing to focus on men's ministry in the area.
Michael is married to Catherine, who runs her own Dance and Pilates business, and has four wonderful children: Emma, Matthew, James and Jemimah. Michael enjoys running, cycling and kayaking. He is a keen supporter of Maidstone United FC, loves Pink Floyd, real ale and anything that involves 'messing about on the water', despite being an ex-Airman!
Since joining CVM in 2013 Michael has felt incredibly blessed to be a part of a fantastic team, and to have met and worked with so many people passionate about reaching men with the Gospel across the South East . As Director for England Michael’s prayer is that, as part of the team, he can use the gifts God has given him to continue to build a strong, accessible, dynamic, engaging ministry; relevant and life changing to men.
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