Dr. Timothy W. Smith
Rev. Tim Coop
Associate Pastor of Education
Melinda and I were so excited when East Mountain Baptist Church extended God’s call to us and we joined the staff as Associate Pastor of Education in September, 2017. We married June 12, 1993, and since that time, have served together in ministry in a variety of settings and capacities. I really can’t imagine doing ministry without Melinda. She has been an incredible partner, encourager, confidant, and has helped to hold me accountable to Christ and the church. Though we initially did not really want to attend seminary and enter full time vocational ministry together, when God’s call became inescapable, Melinda was all in. We both entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, but when Andrew came along, Melinda knew she would be unable to be the mother, wife, employee and student she wanted to be.
Something had to give, so she stopped attending school after completing thirty hours toward her Master’s degrees in Christian Education and Marriage and Family Counseling. I stayed on as a student and completed the Master’s degree of Christian Education. Along with this training, serving in a variety of situations and roles has shaped me into the minister I am, according to God’s call. I have enjoyed serving churches in Arkansas and Texas as well as ministering to people in social settings such as a group home for boys, a halfway house for those discharged from the state hospital, and a juvenile detention center. We have shared many fears, struggles, joys and victories together with God’s people, serving alongside and ministering to many wonderful men and women of God and their families. God shared Andrew with us in 1998 and Emily in 2002, and together we continue to serve Christ through His church.
We serve as a family, because truthfully, we believe that is how God has called us to serve. The locally gathered Body of Christ is fascinating to me. I love that a people called by God’s name can be so diversely gifted and then called out to use those gifts for His glory and the building up of His Body. There is nothing more satisfying than locking arms with brothers and sisters in ministry as we put those gifts to work together. It is a beautiful picture of Christ’s Body when the church is equipping His saints for the work of ministry. I think that’s why I care so much for the educational ministry of the church.
As Christians come to know God by His Word, we are challenged and empowered to do His work, the works He created us to do. I am excited about the passion this group of disciples at EMBC has for the Lord Jesus and the way that passion clearly drives them to love one another and the world. We are asking God for and eagerly anticipating years of fruitful ministry with this vibrant Body of believers at East Mountain, to the glory of God alone and the good of the people of east Texas and the world.