Supt Noble L. Cooper was definitely one of a kind.
He was the pastor of four churches simultaneously in four Texas towns, an evangelist, guitarist, and
soloist for the Gospel of Christ for over 60 years. Also, a husband and father of ten children. He was called
into the ministry at a young age receiving salvation at the age of 19.
was called and anointed to complete the most difficult tasks for mortal man as he ventured into cities that defied righteousness.
Against all odds, he put his life on the line for the purpose of the church, the cause of Christ, the advancement of
the kingdom. Wherever he preached, the results yielded eternal spiritual changes for many lost souls.
Before salvation, he sung the Blues, "Good Morning little school girl", but God changed him and anointed
him with a skill to play the guitar and sing joy into the hearts of the downcast and brokenhearted. He knew how to lift
your spirits up and win souls to the light. His songs yet ring in hearts today: You've Got to Move; Just One Moment
in God's Kingdom; When Your Way Grows Dark and Dreary - Go Ahead; This Train is a clean train; I Wonder; Something Gotta Ahold
on Me, etc. His songs radiate Love, Joy, and Consolation.
So many men
and women, even children came to Christ after hearing his message. Supt. Cooper could preach the word without computers,
projectors, scripts or notes. He was a preaching machine, always ready, full of the word, moved by the Spirit
of God, quoting scriptures from Genesis to Revelation word for word, line upon line, exact verse locations in the Bible. He
was a preacher 24/7!
Supt. Cooper was honored with the Great Humanitarian Award by
Dr. C.C. Owens of the Workers Guild of the International Churches of God in Christ. This service was held at the Church
of the Living God in Crockett, Texas orchestrated by Dr. C. J. Jones, his pastor and friend. Elder Cooper ministered
to more than his own churches and family. He would help all those in need who called on him. He made the house
calls for the sick and shut-in. He gave to the community. He restored families, churches and marriages. That,
among other unselfish deeds earned him this unexpected award. He has been given several awards for his works, courage,
He loved a challenge for Christ. When others told him that
something could not be done, he succeeded in proving them wrong. Many of the places that he traveled, back roads and front,
the people had not yet heard about holiness. He went into the highways and hedges compelling men to come to Christ.
His life, then, has been one comprised of building people and building temples for the Gospel of Christ. And
although he conducted great revivals elsewhere, he always had a special love for the rurals. Today I see that he was
right in saying that somebody has to see to the rurals for today who is humble enough to truly pastor in the rurals? Most
men want only the "big time" or "bright lights". Remember Vistula? Supt. Cooper took bus loads to this church
located deep in the woods and God rocked the church, an old frame building with wooded benches, wooded floors, gas heater,
With much adversity, his mission in life was to build God's people the best tabernacles.
He did just that with a people who did not have the finances, but had a mind to do the work and faith in God and hope
in their leader. He was a true Trailblazer! The lives he's touched cannot be numbered. His legacy lives
on. That's why he received his last earthly reward, his picture on The Wall of Fame. For the building of the Galilee
COGIC in Huntsville, Texas, it was announced by the members that Supt Cooper did everything for the completion of that grand
new building. He went to the bank. He applied for the loan. He obtained the loan. He brought it to
the people. He let them sign it. To pay it off, he hosted banquets; he held church rallies; he burned the
church mortgages. What more could we ask of a man?