The REAL Foundation Presents Cooper Ray
Cooper Ray is a dynamic and light-hearted speaker and musician who shares his
faith with honesty and passion. Through story, humor, and audience participation,
Cooper leads groups of all ages to a greater awareness of who they are as Catholic
Christians and how to recognize God’s presence in their lives.
Cooper received his call to ministry while serving as a camp counsellor at a Catholic
summer camp during his college years. It was at camp God ignited Cooper’s love for
music and knowledge of ministry and started him on a journey of drawing youth and
adults to know and live the Gospel.
After six summers, he transitioned into diocesan ministry at Baton Rouge where he
spent 10 years, including seven as the director of youth ministry. After 16 years in
formal ministry, he began the next phase in his journey, answering the call to go on
the road full-time.
Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in pastoral studies.
He lives in Baton Rouge , Louisiana with his wife, Laura.