Rev. Cindy Cooper enjoys ministering with people of all ages. She enjoys the story times with the children because she never knows what creative wisdom they may share with her and the congregation. Adults appreciate her sermons and feel she brings a message that everyone can understand and relate to in their lives. It brings Rev. Cindy great joy to share God’s Word and unconditional and inclusive love with the individuals she meets. She believes that people today are searching for meaning and direction in their lives. As a result, she feels the church is one place where a person can come and feel supported and nurtured in community and at the same time be equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of everyday living.
Personal History and Background
Cindy was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She grew up in the United Church of Canada. She received her B.A. from the University of Waterloo in Social Development Studies and went on to teachers college at Nipissing University in North Bay. After receiving her B. Ed., she supply taught for a few years before feeling called to the ministry. She completed her Master’s of Divinity at Emmanuel College in Toronto in 1989 and after working as a Staff Associate for eight years was ordained in 1997 and settled in a two point rural charge just outside of Brampton. After 12 years of ministry at the Home Huttonville Pastoral Charge, Cindy accepted a Call to Centennial-Japanese United Church in December of 2006. When the congregation moved to Oriole-York Mills United Church in September 2011, Cindy became their minister as well. On September 28th, 2014 Centennial-Japanese and Oriole-York Mills amalgamated and Cindy became the minister for Bayview United Church.