George D. Cooper

Rev. Cooper is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and serves Horizons Stewardship as a Vice President.  Previously Cooper served as the Executive Director of the Council on Development for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. During his seven years as the Executive Director, George led initiatives to raise $1.4 million to buy a Cessna twin engine plane for the North Katanga Conference in the Congo including setting up an endowment for the plane’s maintenance.  George was also involved with the initiative to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria that raised $3.6 million saving the lives of 360,000 children from the devastating effects of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, a campaign is in progress to raise $5 million for starting new faith communities and revitalizing existing congregations. In addition, George worked on an endowment development initiative resulting in an increase in Council-managed funds from $700,000 to $22 million.

Prior to serving in West Ohio, Rev. Cooper provided consulting and coaching for seminaries, Christian schools, colleges, camps, and regional denominational offices in the areas of planning, major gift campaigns, stewardship development, and strategic visioning.  Denominational affiliations included United Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Seven Day Adventist as examples. 

Throughout his career, George’s focus has been to help his clients develop an understanding of Biblical stewardship principles to enable them to increase funding. In his role as Vice President with Horizons, George serves non-profit, judicatory, and local church clients to guide them through the process of growing giving to successfully fund their missions. 

Rev. Cooper holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math-Physics from the State University of New York at Fredonia. George loves English Cocker Spaniels, landscaping and walking on the beach. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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