Rev. Copps, or Pastor Chuck as he is best known, underwent the evaluation and preparation requirements of Elim Fellowship following completion of his Master of Divinity degree in 2014 from Rockbridge Seminary. He received his License to Minister from Elim in 2015.
Presiding elder at the ordination was Rev. Joseph Jansen, U.S. Ministries Director of Elin Fellowship. Rev Bill King, area representative of Elim Fellowship, provided oversight and direction in preparation for ordination.
Several local church leaders were on hand to participate, including Pastor Elden Lathrop of River of Life Assembly of God, who was Pastor Chuck’s primary mentor for community and congregational service work and training during pursuit of his masters degree. Also in attendance was Rev. Kevin Rosenfeld, Copps’ cousin who is a Baptist minister in Virginia and also served as a mentor during his course of study. Pastor Dave Decker of Maryville Assembly of God gave the welcome and opening prayer. Fulton Believers Chapel hosted the event and music was provided by the church’s worship team.
Pastor Chuck, his wife Betsy, along with Jerry and Bridgette Seguin, founded Lakeside Christian Ministries, a local nonprofit service organization, in 2013 to provide resources and service opportunities in the greater Fulton community.
“I am extremely grateful to everyone who has supported me on this journey of faith,” Rev. Copps stated. “This community is so precious and it is a privilege to serve here. I want to thank my family, especially my wife Betsy, for sharing in this experience. My mentors, my colleagues in ministry, people around the world who have touched my life throughout these years. But most of all I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all he’s done for me!”
A luncheon reception followed the ceremony.