Lowell C. Cooper, MDiv, MPH, general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, Maryland, has been chair of the Boards of Trustees for Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center since 2001.
Pastor Cooper is no stranger to Loma Linda University. He received his master of public health degree from the School of Public Health in 1978. He has also been a member of the Loma Linda University Board of Trustees since 1999, and became a member of the LLUAHSC, Medical Center, and Behavioral Medicine Center Boards of Trustees this year.
Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Pastor Cooper received his bachelor of theology degree from Canadian Union College, College Heights, Alberta, in 1967; and a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 1969.
Pastor Cooper began his pastoral responsibilities in 1969 as a district pastor for the Peace River District of the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
In 1973, he assumed the directorship of the lay activities department of the Alberta Conference.
In 1978, Pastor Cooper and his family moved to Pakistan where he assumed the position of director of the lay activities and Sabbath School departments. In 1980, he assumed a similar position in the Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists in Pune, India. He held this until 1985 when he moved to the church ministries department of the same division.
In 1990, he assumed the position of secretary of the Southern Asia Division until 1984 when he and his family returned to the United States where he became associate secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1998, he was elected a general vice president of the General Conference.
Pastor Cooper is married to Rae Lee Figuhr Cooper, RN, an emergency room nurse at Washington Adventist Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland. They have two children: Jondell D. Roy, BSc, a nurse at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Todd C. Cooper, DDS, an oral surgery resident at Loma Linda University Medical Center.