vice president of networking, leadership and mentoring
LaKeeyna S. Cooper, a native of Tinton Falls, New Jersey. She is the partner in marriage and ministry of 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 graduated with her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry at Samuel DeWitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
LaKeeyna serves as the Secretary of the Lott Carey’s Board of Directors. Her role is not limited to board meetings; she has collaborated with the Lott Carey’s Women In Service Everywhere 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 has also served 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 serves as the First Lady, Associate Minister to Missions, and works closely with the youth; she is responsible for the creative arts ministry, MIME.
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. She has also served on a team of American Baptist Women’s Ministries and Women In Ministry to build bridges and break barriers between Georgian Baptist and Muslim women in the Republic of Georgia.
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).