Staff and Board

Chad Cooper, Executive Director

Chad Cooper SSCRev. Cooper grew up on a small farm in Butler, Missouri where his love of the natural world took root. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Religion from William Jewell College where he was a Hester Scholar.  During his undergraduate studies, he learned about the various faith traditions in the world including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity.

He then attended Central Baptist Theological Seminary where he was the Presidential Scholar.  During his Masters of Divinity course work, Rev. Cooper took classes that supported his interest in religion and the environment such as Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science, and New Testament and Animal Welfare.  Additionally he continued his interfaith studies taking such courses as Christianity and Religious Plurality.

After graduating, he began full time ministry and has worked at several churches in various positions.  One thing that Rev. Cooper emphasized in all his ministry positions is that creation is a blessing and should be cared for—especially by people of faith.  He is also a Senior Fellow with GreenFaith, an international interfaith environmental organization.

Chad is married and his wife Kristin is a registered nurse at North Kansas City Hospital.  They have a 11-year-old son, Kieran. He and his family live on a small farm where they care for their many animal companions: two horses, a goat, numerous chickens, as well as their new Doberman Pinscher puppy, Raven,  and several cats. In his free time, Chad enjoys composing and playing music, hiking, gardening, and spending time with his family.  Chad is extremely excited to be leading SSC and looking forward to helping people of faith care for creation.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of a diverse mix of compassionate and dedicated people of faith, unified in their commitment to help Kansas City area congregations be at the forefront of Earth care.


  • Jerry Rees
  • Steve Herndon
  • Emily Akin
  • Sergio Moreno