October 9, 2021 | 11 AM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Kurt Copeland
Kurt was born in Pekin, IL on February 23, 1971. He is the youngest of four boys. Kurt trusted in Christ as his personal Savior as a bus kid on January 11, 1982 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mattoon, IL. Pastor Norm Amstutz led him to the Lord.
The Copeland family moved to Murfreesboro, TN in December of 1985. While working as a Ranch Hand at the Bill Rice Ranch during the summer of 1986, Kurt surrendered to full time Christian service. Kurt graduated from Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, TN in 1989 and enrolled at Pensacola Christian College for the fall of 1989 majoring in Missions. After graduation, in December 1993, Kurt and Christy (Payne) (also from Murfreesboro, TN area) were married on January 1, 1994. After serving 2 years as a youth pastor in Florida, on June 1st of 1994, Kurt answered the call to return to Franklin Road Baptist Church as Youth Pastor. Kurt was also able to earn a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from West Coast Baptist College in 2009 and an earned Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Bethany Divinity College in 2017.
God has given the Copeland’s two beautiful daughters, Angel Dawn was born on October 9, 1997 and then their second daughter, Gabrielle Daye, was born on November 7, 2000. God has blessed the Copeland family tremendously!
While serving as youth pastor at Franklin Road, God richly blessed the youth ministry of Franklin Road Baptist Church. The youth ministry experienced a strong touch of revival. With an average of over 200 teens in attendance each Sunday, souls saved weekly, and teenagers surrendering to the Will of God; the touch of God was very evident. It has always been Kurt’s desire to see teens saved and surrender to live for the Lord with their life.
Kurt has authored two different books. His first book is “Not Just Your Mommy & Daddy’s Religion” directed to teenagers. It is a great help for teens to not just know what they believe but also why they believe it. The second book is written to youth pastors and youth workers. It is entitled “Balanced Youth Ministry.” It is combined material from all his years serving in youth ministry. Both books are very helpful and informative.
After nearly 28 years of serving in youth work together, Kurt & Christy turned in their resignation from Franklin Road in January of 2020 and feel God’s call to continue to reach families for Christ through evangelism. God continues to bless in amazing ways as they continue to yield themselves to God’s will.