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Michael Cooper: Network Enabler (South)

Michael Cooper

Michael was born in London, but grew up in and around Maidstone. Another ex-serviceman on the team, Michael joined the Royal Air Force at 17 as a Radar Engineer. His career saw him serve at Early Warning stations around the UK, with his final posting as a SNCO in 1987 to RAF Ash, back in his home county of Kent. 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 as a young chorister in Maidstone. Like many, he experienced plenty of challenges trying to live out his faith growing up, particularly in a military environment. 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. Michael is on the senior leadership team of his local church as Elder, he is also involved in preaching and teaching as well as continuing to focus on men's ministry in the area.

Michael is married to Catherine, who has her own Dance and Pilates business, and has four wonderful children: Emma, Matthew, James and Jemimah and a grandson Daniel. He enjoys cycling and kayaking, 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!

Michael joined CVM in 2013 and feels blessed and privileged to have met and worked with so many people passionate about reaching men with the Gospel. His full time role as National Director ended in 2020 and he is now part of the volunteer team, working as Network Enabler across the south of England. In March 2021 Michael took up a full time role as Key Relationships Manager with Church Army and is excited about being used by God to reach not just men, but women and children too through both these vital ministries, in proclaiming the good news of Jesus.

 

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Partnerships

  • Hope
  • Global Adventure
  • Care
  • Restored
  • New Wine
  • Who Let The Dads Out?
  • Sorted
  • Armed Forces Christian Union
  • Naked Truth Prayer
  • Compassion
  • Covenant Eyes
  • Faith within Fitness
  • Christian Golf Society
  • Mercy Ships
  • Frontiers
  • Engage
  • Mission Direct
  • Christian Police Association
  • The Message Trust