AGAPE is blessed to have a passionate, experienced leadership team to oversee each of our service areas. Dr. Jason Cooper joined AGAPE as the Director of Counseling & Related Services in June 2016. To learn more about him, check out the Q&A below.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I really like the success stories. Whether it’s watching our clients reach their goals, seeing an intern or supervisee develop new skills, or hearing about new foster families, when I get the privilege of observing people enjoying their success and growth, I know I’m in the right place.
What about your work might surprise people?
What seems to surprise people the most is how many programs and projects are running simultaneously at AGAPE. I believe most people familiar with AGAPE are aware of our role in foster care and adoption but are surprised to learn that all of our departments are active with multiple responsibilities, such as education and training, provision of direct services to families, individuals, children and victims of domestic violence, as well as maintaining church and community partnerships that help AGAPE accomplish its mission and ministry every day.
What motivates you?
Over the course of its history, AGAPE has earned the trust of individuals and organizations in Middle Tennessee (and beyond). Every day, I am reminded that donors, grantors and foundations are entrusting us with resources to be used to demonstrate the healing love of Christ to everyone. When I see loving families, happy couples and smiling children, I know that we are accomplishing that mission and I’m motivated to try to do even more.
What have you learned since joining AGAPE?
When I arrived at AGAPE, I understood the challenges of running a private practice and working within for-profit organizations, but I didn’t have much experience with non-profit organizations. Since joining AGAPE, I have had to develop a better understanding of the concepts of sustainability and stewardship as they relate to each of our key programs.
Do you have a favorite memory from working at AGAPE?
When I first arrived at AGAPE, the welcome I received was amazing. Also, I had never experienced such a large group of professionals from several career fields all devoted to the same mission of serving Christ with their abilities, so it was a very encouraging moment in my life.
What do you like to do for fun?
Spending time with family is always the best, especially when we can get outdoors. My son and I like to design and print objects on our 3-D printer and I enjoy riding my motorcycle whenever I can. Also, I was a registered beekeeper when we lived in Florida and I would like to get back to that hobby someday.
Tell us a little about your family:
My wife, Martha, and I met in 1989 while attending Lipscomb University and we were married on her graduation day in 1993. Although we had never planned to leave the Nashville area, school, work and military service took us to several states, including Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, South Carolina and Florida before we returned to the area in 2016. We have one son, Ryan (11), who is active in the church youth group and karate.