Cooper, David and Jodi - South Africa

David & Jodi Cooper are global missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene assigned to the Africa Region and live in Johannesburg, South Africa.

David and Jodi both felt the Lord leading them to serve in missions while going on Work & Witness trips.  Each trip confirmed their call and gave clarity to how the Lord was leading them to serve.  After these trips they began to prepare themselves for what God had in store.

They were first appointed as missionaries in 1992 where they served in Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador until March 2002.  While on the field, their primary ministry was coordinating Work & Witness teams both regionally and locally.  The Coopers also developed and directed a retreat center in Guatemala City and served as Regional Communication Coordinators.

From 2002 until July 2011, David and Jodi served in the areas of mobilizing volunteers and preparing new missionaries from the Global Ministry Center in Kansas City.  Their personal experience of going on Work & Witness trips and working with volunteers on the field gave them a deep desire to help others have opportunities to serve the Lord through missions. 

Since 2011, they have been assigned as the Regional Personnel and Mobilization Coordinators for the Africa Region.  Their ministry includes supporting the missionaries serving throughout Africa with the many details involved in living and ministering internationally.  They also oversee the ministries of Work & Witness, volunteers and partnerships for those coming to serve in the 42 countries on the Africa Region.                         

One of the newer developments they are working with is the forming of a system for mobilizing the African churches and district to send out their own volunteers, Work & Witness teams and missionaries.  This involves training and orientations for missions throughout the continent of Africa.  David and Jodi work with the many district and field leaders in helping them to identify those who are called to serve.

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Born in United States


Born in United States


  • Sarah Michelle
  • Stephen Mark

Home District: Kansas City

Home Church: Kansas City Central

Home Assignment Dates:

Feb 06, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017

Service History:
  • 2016 - Present , South Africa
  • 2015 - 2016 , South Africa
  • 2013 - 2015 , South Africa
  • 2011 - 2013 , South Africa
  • 2000 - 2002 , Guatemala
  • 1999 - 2000 , Guatemala
  • 1997 - 1999 , Guatemala
  • 1997 - 1997 , Guatemala
  • 1995 - 1997 , Guatemala
  • 1995 - 1995 , Guatemala
  • 1994 - 1995 , Guatemala
  • 1992 - 1992 , Costa Rica
  • 1992 - 1994 , Costa Rica