Black Missionaries Making History – Grover and Sharon Cooper

28526_1388581109311_6092459_nGrover and Sharon Cooper have been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1983 and 1978, respectively. They moved to Dallas, TX in August 1991 where Grover attended Dallas Theological Seminary and earned his Th.M. in New Testament Studies in 1995. They moved to Houston to raise support after his graduation for what was supposed to be one year; however their plans were changed. Their youngest child was born on March 16, 1996 and ten days later, Sharon suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. She had emergency neurosurgery and was hospitalized for 43 days in 3 different hospitals. After her release, she finished the prescribed 6 months of outpatient rehabilitation in three months, graduating as the TIRR Challenge Program Client of The Year.

In 2000 they finally moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where Grover served as Campus Director at The University of Witwatersrand until May 1, 2006. During the 2006-2007 year of transition back to the US, the family served on the Campus Crusade for Christ Lake Hart Stint, a one year development program; they also worked with The Impact Movement. After completing their time on the CCC Lake Hart Stint they continued their service with the The Impact Movement; serving with Staff Development and Staff Care. Currently, Grover serves as Director of Fund Development for The Impact Movement and oversees Impact Campus Chapters in the South and Southeast US.

Lloyd and I had the great opportunity to meet the Coopers in 2006 before they left South Africa. We are honored to call them co-laborers and friends!