Threescore Years And Ten A Preacher

J. D. Conley

Not many preachers have been blessed to reach, much less surpass, seventy years of preaching. Some of the very few that have, struggle with either physical or mental impairments and, oftentimes, both, but Denver Cooper is not one of them. Now in his eighty-ninth year of life, he is reminiscent of Moses “... his natural force is not abated” (Deuteronomy 34:7). When he stands in the pulpit employing his strong voice and command of the English language, it is apparent that he, like Apollos, is “... an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures” (Acts 18:24).

Not only has brother Denver been preaching seventy years, but he has also been a loyal friend of preachers throughout those seven decades. He has been at the ready to help other preachers, young or old, with any need. For the past eight years it has been his joy to serve in the capacity as Director of the West Virginia School of Preaching. He has an unparalleled passion for training men to be preachers of the gospel. Only heaven knows what the scope of his influence in the kingdom has been.

Though a Christian gentleman of many talents, and now having preached for seventy years, baptizing untold hundreds into Christ, he has remained humble and committed to his work as a gospel preacher. Truly, he is a person who has met these divine requirements, “... do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8).

If he had these seventy years to live over again, it would come as no surprise to see him spend them again in preaching “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). Indeed, for his tireless and unselfish labors a glorious crown awaits him in heaven. -102 Laramie Rd., Marietta, OH 45750. cell: 740 525-0763.

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