Kurt was born in Pekin, IL on February 23, 1971. He is the youngest of four boys. Kurt trusted in Christ as his personal Savior on January 11, 1982 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mattoon, IL. Pastor Norm Amstutz led him to the Lord.
The Copeland family moved to Murfreesboro, TN in December of 1985. While working as a Ranch Hand at the Bill Rice Ranch during the summer of 1986, Kurt surrendered to full time Christian service. Kurt graduated from Franklin Road Christian School in 1989 and enrolled at Pensacola Christian College for the fall of 1989 majoring in Missions. After graduation in December 1993, Kurt and Christy (Payne) (also from Murfreesboro, TN area) were married on January 1, 1994. After serving 2 years as a youth pastor in Florida, on June 1st of 1994, Kurt answered the call to return to Franklin Road Baptist Church as Youth Pastor. Kurt was also able to earn a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from West Coast Baptist College in 2009 and an earned Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Bethany Divinity College in 2017.
God has given the Copeland’s two beautiful daughters, Angel Dawn was born on October 9, 1997 and then their second little girl, Gabrielle Daye, was born on November 7, 2000. God has blessed the Copeland family tremendously!
God has also blessed the youth ministry of Franklin Road Baptist Church. Since the spring of 2008, the youth ministry had experienced a strong touch of revival. With an average of over 200 teens in attendance each Sunday, souls saved weekly, and teenagers surrendering to the Will of God; the touch of God has been very evident. It is Kurt’s desire to see teens saved and surrender to live for the Lord with their life. After 26 years of serving in youth work together, Kurt & Christy feel God’s call to reach teenagers for Christ.