Pastor Ricky D. Cope
Born October 31, 1966, in Charlotte, NC, Pastor Ricky D. Cope was raised in a Pastor's home. Pastor Cope is a 1984 graduate of Indian Land High School in Indian Land, SC. As a young man, Rick worked odd jobs here and there before his plumbing career. Pastor Rick served as a plumber for twenty years prior to entering the ministry. At the age of nine Rick developed a love for music from his mother. By the age of 22, Rick's love for music expanded into writing his own music and lyrics. Pastor Rick Cope has written over 100 gospel songs and recorded several CDs.
On February 24, 2003, at the age of 36, Pastor Cope surrendered to the call to preach.Pastor Cope first served in evangelism for three years during which time he preached in several areas of ministry including tent revivals, Military bases, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, retirement facilities, churches and youth rallies to reach thousands of our nation's youth. God was with Pastor Rick Cope as hundreds were saved through his message "Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof" and his life story "My Friend, Grace." Pastor Cope is also actively involved in assisting Pro-Life as he has spoken on numerous occasions to fight for the Sanctity of life through the song he wrote, "Rescued."
In 2004, Pastor Cope received the US Army Medal of Excellence for his music, which honored our US Military. In 2005, he received the Minuteman Award by the US National Guard for his work in encouraging the families of our soldiers during "Operation Iraqi Freedom." He has been recognized by the White House under President George W. Bush and Arlington National Cemetery Committee in Washington D.C. for the music that has touched the lives of countless soldiers fighting for and giving the ultimate sacrifice for our nation's freedom.
On April 9, 2006, Pastor Cope was ordained into the ministry by Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. Pastor Ricky D. Cope is the founding Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Indian Land, SC.
In 2009, Pastor Cope was invited by the State of South Carolina Board of Corrections to hold the historical first tent crusade on the prison grounds of the Catawba Pre-release Correction Facility in Rock Hill, SC.
On June 30, 2013, Pastor Cope earned his Doctrine of Divinity presented by Dr. Jimmy Vaughan of Emmanuel Baptist University, Virgina.
In 2013, Pastor Cope was invited to preach his first historical Evangelistic Crusade in El Salvador, and was presented The Key to the City by Mayor Carlos Gomez.
Pastor Cope has founded the following Churches Ministries and Institutions:
Founded "10 Ft tall and Bullet Proof" Youth Ministries 2003
Founded "Rescued" Pro Life Ministries 2003
Founded "Home Safe" Military Ministries 2003
Founded Trinity Baptist Church 2006
Founded "Freedom Prison Ministries" 2006
Founded Trinity Bible Institute 2011
Founded Trinity Hispanic Church 2012
Founded "G. R.O.W." Church Leadership Ministries 2012
Founded " Vision Evangelistic Ministries" 2013
Pastor Cope's life's purpose is to reach the world with the message "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life"; through Christ there is HOPE for the hopeless, there is HELP for those who can not help themselves and there is a HOME in Heaven for all who surrender their lives to Him.
Pastor Cope is married to the love of his life, the former Robin Strickland of Pineville, North Carolina. Pastor Rick and First Lady Robin Cope have two daughters. Their youngest daughter, Sarah Renee Barnhart, wife of former US Navy 3rd Class Petty Officer Jimi Barnhart, of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Renee and Jimi have two children, son Cohen Jace Barnhart and daughter Hadley Rea Barnhart. Their oldest daughter, Raquel Leann Dill, is the wife of Pastor Bryan Dill of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Raquel and Bryan have five children - Lillian Grace Dill, Layla Bell Dill Lydia Rose Dill, Liam Mitchell Dill and Lyanna Jane Dill.