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Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg

Regional Vice President
Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention Inc

Director of Chaplaincy Services


Central Baptist Association

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Pastor W. Braxton & Iris Cooley

He also received the M.L.S in Library Science and Education from North Carolina Central State University in Durham, North Carolina. Additionally, he received his Seminary, Graduate, and Post Graduate Theological training at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He holds a certification in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Pastor Cooley was called to the ministry at the early age of 12 and began pasturing at the age of 19. He served churches in North Carolina, Ohio, and New Jersey. Pastor Cooley accepted the call to the pastorate of The First Baptist Church of Steelton in July of 1980 along with the challenge to pay off the debt and burn the mortgage in five years. The congregation rallied and the job was completed in five and a half years. Many ministries have been established over the years to better serve the congregation and the community at large.
Pastor Cooley is the recent past president of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg, Past Regional Vice president of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention, and Past Moderator of the Central Baptist Association. Pastor Cooley also served 17 years as a hospital chaplain and 12 years as Director of Chaplaincy Services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 29 years of Chaplaincy work was concurrent with his pastoral ministry.
Pastor Cooley is married to Dr. Iris Hairston Cooley of Walnut Cove, North Carolina. They are the parents of two adult children.
You can reach Pastor Cooley via email wbc4016@comcast.net or by contacting the church office at 717-939-1318.

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