Pictured (l-r) Dr. Martin Sanders, director of the ATS Doctor of Ministry program; Rev. Vilmer Paul; Dr. Frank Chan, D. Min. Dissertation Coordinator and professor of Bible; and Rev. Bill Cooper
Rev. Vilmer Paul successfully defended his Doctor of Ministry dissertation this past fall at Alliance Theological Seminary on the Rockland County campus in Nyack, NY. Rev. Paul is one of three Haitian pastors sponsored by Nyack College alumnus and retired pastor Rev. Bill Cooper (NC ’53).
Rev. Cooper has faithfully advanced the gospel through ministry abroad as well as in churches in the U.S. Before his retirement in 1989, he served churches in the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church beginning in 1961. His last ministry assignment was at the Ames United Methodist church in Saginaw, MI. In 1990, he entered the field of higher education and taught at Donetsk Biblical Seminary in Donetsk, Ukraine for 10 years. He was invited to teach at seminaries owned by OMS International (www.mnnonline.org/mission_groups/oms-international/) in Moscow, India, Indonesia, Kazakestan. In 2000, he established Emmaus Biblical Seminary in Haiti, which currently has 60 students.
Two more Haitian pastors will complete degrees at Alliance Theological Seminary under the auspices of Rev. Cooper, who has far from retired as he teaches two Bible classes each week in two churches in Fort Collins, Colorado.