LaKeeyna S. Cooper, First Lady

firstlady2LaKeeyna S. Cooper, a native of Tinton Falls, New Jersey. She is the partner in marriage and ministryof Pastor Kenneth D. Cooper, Senior Servant Leader of Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are the proud parents of two children, D’Shaun and Kennedy.

LaKeeyna was educated in the Tinton Falls Public School System. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political Science from the Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa. She is continuing her education by pursuing her Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School.

LaKeeyna serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Lott Carey’s Board of Directors, where she is the youngest member. Her role is not limited to board meetings; she has collaborated with the Lott Carey’s Women Auxiliary to roll out a national comprehensive program on combating Human Trafficking and works closely with the logistics team in planning the annual convention session for Lott Carey. In addition, she also serves as the Coordinator of Young Adult Women for American Baptist Women’s Ministries. In this role, she has planned and organized young adult retreats and sessions for women across the states. At Christian Faith Baptist Church, she works closely with the youth; she is responsible for the MIME Ministry and advises the Missionary Ministry.

LaKeeyna has always focused her talents and gifts in the non-profit and faith based initiatives. Her focus has been the protection of human rights, particularly the global atrocity of Human Trafficking. She has evidenced this passion by facilitating workshops and teaching bible studies to churches about recognizing the disguise of trafficking and their role in combating this inhumane act in the community. Her zeal for women rights has motivated her to raise awareness about the atrocities and plight of women in Darfur, through the Save Darfur Campaign. Likewise, she has traveled to South Africa and Ethiopia to work with women who has been infected by HIV/AIDS and exploited by Human Trafficking.

LaKeeyna believes in the Psalmist question. “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” (Psalm 94:16) Her response has been and always will be what Isaiah the prophet said, “Here I am, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).