Dr. Jeff Cooper came to Ashland Church to serve as our senior pastor in June 2016. His unique preaching style creatively combines drama, humor, and illustrations to bring Biblical truths to life and make them relatable and relevant to our daily lives. With a degree in theater from Judson University and a doctorate in preaching from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, you can always expect the unexpected from his messages. Whether he is portraying a biblical character, sharing a personal anecdote, or relating the biblical word to our modern context, you are sure to be engaged and inspired.
To learn more about Pastor Cooper and his preaching style you can click here to read his bio or here to watch one of his sermons.
Pastor Jeff is a Preacher's preacher which is why he earned a doctorate in preaching, has preached since he was in high school and has taught preaching at the seminary level. Yet, he makes the bible relatable to EVERYONE!
A yearly theme comes from the pastor’s relationship with God and His Word. He believes it must be preachable, meaningful, and Christ-centered. It gives a focus for one year so that the hearers get more of that ‘one thing’, rather than random messages from week to week, while at the same time allowing every week to stand alone.
The theme for 2019 is based on Romans 12:1 and reveals an important value to him and Ashland Church "COME now is the time to WORSHIP!" Besides being the theme for the year, the very first Milestone has been introduced challenging people to attend and be engaged in at least 40 corporate worship services over the next year (or 4 out of 4 Sundays a month).
Romans 12:1 says, "Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship!" God receives pleasure when we come together to worship Him and when we allow that worship to effect our daily lives.