Tree Cooper, Lead Pastor

I am Tree Cooper and I have been the lead pastor here at Cornerstone since February 2017.  Wow!  I love these people.  I have been married to the girl of my dreams, Robbin, since 2006.  We have three kids that have been trying to train us since day one:  Anna is 10, Joshua is 7, and Daniel is 4.  I love telling people about the God that loves us.

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BASIC STUFF:

I cry when I read the Bible and when I think about my amazing
wife and when I talk about my kids – God often brings me to my knees and in tears.  I wear bow ties because they are still hard for me to tie.  I hope to grow into a humble man someday.  God calls me “tree” to remind me of three challenges:  Trees bend without breaking; they listen without talking; and the Bible tells us that we will go out with joy and that the trees will lead a worship service while clapping their hands (Isaiah 55:12).  I don’t wear shoes when I preach so I can remember God’s holy presence.  I would rather play with the kids than the adults and I love my job.

EDUCATION:

I am a product of brilliant teachers and mentors from Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University, and Gateway Seminary.  Try any of these schools for an adventure that will last forever.

BIRTHDAY:

My wife and I share a birthday – February 18th.  I was born again on June 30th.  I celebrate them both.

INTERESTS AND FAVORITES:

Places: Heaven is my favorite.  Really looking forward to the relocation.  I also LOVE Colorado.  Anywhere in Colorado (the closest state to God).  And Shiprock, New Mexico.  Well, really anywhere God wants me to be.

Books: THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL!  I also love Thomas Merton books, any book I can read to kindergarteners, and Russian literature like Gogol because they started a Christian revolution before that was cool.

Music: My introduction to Christian music was BeBe and CeCe Winans.  Then there was PID (Preachers in Disguise) – that is serious old school Christian Rap (shout out to Fred Lynch).  Rich Mullins music brings me closer to God than I can talk about.  Today I have a healthy diet of Ross King, Andrew Peterson, and Jeff Hendrick music,

Movies & TV: Star Wars.

Hobbies: I like learning how to play musical instruments.  I could ski all day if the snow is good.  And I love driving my Jeep because I love seeing places that are hard to find.

Favorite Scripture Verse: You will have to listen to a couple of my sermons to know what my favorite verse is, but I do have to say that I am partial to 2 Kings 6:16, “Do not fear, for those that are with us are greater than those who are with them.”