Dr. Ricky D. Cope, Senior Pastor
Born October 31, 1966 in Charlotte, NC, Pastor Ricky D. Cope was brought up in a Pastor’s home and is a 1984 graduate of Indian Land High School in Indian Land, SC. At the age of nine he developed a love for music from his mother, and by the age of 22 his love for music expanded into writing his own music and lyrics. Pastor Cope has written over 100 gospel songs and has recorded several CDs. Prior to entering into the ministry; Pastor Cope held a plumbing career that spanned twenty years.
On February 24, 2003, at the age of 36, Pastor Cope surrendered to the call to preach. He then served in evangelism for three years. During this time Pastor Cope preached in several areas of ministry, includingChurches, Tent Revivals, Military Bases, Prisons, Juvenile Detention Facilities, Retirement Facilities, and to thousands of our nation’s youth. God was with him 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, NC, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. Pastor Cope is now 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 Prerelease 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, VA. Also, 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:
➢ “10 Foot Tall and Bullet Proof” Youth Ministries – 2003
➢ “Rescued” Pro Life Ministries – 2003
➢ “Home Safe” Military Ministries – 2003
➢ Trinity Baptist Church – 2006
➢ “Freedom Prison Ministries” – 2006
➢ Trinity Bible Institute – 2011
➢ Trinity Hispanic Church – 2012
➢ “G. R.O.W.” Church Leadership Ministries – 2012
➢ “Vision Evangelistic Ministries” – 2013
His life’s purpose is to reach the world with the message that “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” That through Christ there is HOPE for the hopeless, there is HELP for those who cannot 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, NC, and has two daughters: Sarah Renee Barnhart, who is the wife of Jimi Barnhart, US Navy 3rd Class Petty Officer of Rock Hill, SC and their son, Cohen Jace Barnhart and Raquel Leann Dill, who is the wife of Pastor Bryan Dill, of Catawba, SC, along with their four children, Lillian Grace Dill, Layla Bell Dill, Lydia Rose Dill and Liam Mitchell Dill.