NewSpring Church Youth Pastor to Speak at Gardner-Webb

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 Student Director Brad Cooper to Share the Gospel at Dimensions on Oct. 8

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Dimensions program at Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce Brad Cooper, the student director at NewSpring Baptist Church, based out of Anderson, S.C, will serve as a distinguished speaker. The pastor will share the gospel with students on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9:25 a.m. in the Paul Porter Arena, located inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (LYCC).

Originally from Hendersonville, N.C., Cooper pursued his undergraduate degree at Furman University, in Greenville, S.C., where he played baseball and football.  It was not until he accepted a job with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) at Clemson University that he realized his calling to spread the Word of God through full time ministry.  In the fall of 2006, God led Cooper to NewSpring Church, where he started as the Family Ministries Director. Today, NewSpring Church has grown to eight campuses in different cities throughout the state of South Carolina, reaching around 14,000 people every Sunday.  He currently serves as the Fuse campus pastor, which is the NewSpring Student Ministry, giving 6th-12th graders a chance to connect with God, other students, and committed leaders who are dedicated to seeing their students grow closer with Christ. Cooper’s sermons are seen on all eight campuses on Wednesday nights reaching an audience of around 3,000.

“Brad is the student pastor at one of the fastest growing churches in America,” said Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president for Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University. “He takes very seriously the opportunity to influence people for Jesus Christ.”

Since Cooper’s ministry is centered on middle school and high school age students he is known for his Twitter presence that challenges students daily to make their walks with Christ personal. For more information on Brad Cooper and NewSpring Church, visit or follow him on Twitter at @BCooP.

Gardner-Webb University’s Dimensions programs are free and open to the public. The goal of Dimensions is to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and also to promote a sense of community. Dimensions programs are held on Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. in the LYCC. More information is available by calling 704-406-4277.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University offers a comprehensive academic experience that introduces students to the diverse world of ideas and to the people who think them, preparing them not only for professional success but for lives marked by empathy, compassion and a commitment to service on the broadest scale.