Director of Ministry Outreach
Mike Cope was a minister for 35 years, preaching at Pine Valley Church of Christ in
Wilmington, North Carolina (1982-84), College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas
(84-91), Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas (1991-2009), and the Golf Course
Road Church of Christ in Midland, Texas (2011-2017).
In addition to directing Harbor: the Pepperdine Bible Lectures since 2013, he works with church leaders, speaks across the country, and directs Pepperdine's "Sanctuary: Thriving in Ministry" grant from the Lilly Endowment.
Mike is the author of five books, including 2011's Megan's Secrets, and edited Wineskins magazine for 12 years. He also edited 21st Century Christian for 5 years, working with Helen and Norvel Young when they were the senior editors. He started a blog in 2003, www.preachermike.com, that has received over 4 million hits.
In 1994, the Copes lost their daughter, Megan, who was ten. Their journey of loss and joy-amid-grief has sharpened their interest in those things that ultimately matter in life.
Mike and his wife, Diane, have two sons: Matt and Jenna (who have three children), and Chris and Chloe.