Chris and Joi Copeland

We are Chris and Joi Copeland. We have three sons: Garrison (20), Gage, (18), and Gavin (17). Garrison is in Colorado attending University. Gage and Gavin are with us in Ireland and are finishing up secondary school. Joi and I both became Christians in 1990 and have been active in church ministry through men’s and women’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, leadership, community care, and global ministry. Chris is an ordained and licensed minister of the Gospel and Joi is a published author who writes Christian Women’s Fiction. We felt the call to become full-time missionaries in 2013 and partnered with WorldVenture as our sending organization. We were appointed in 2014 by WorldVenture to go to Ireland. We arrived in Ireland in July 2020 after six years of support raising during the beginning of a global pandemic.

Our focus is to facilitate a church planting movement in Ireland by doing leadership development, fostering spiritual growth, writing, worship leading, pastoral counseling, preaching, evangelism, discipleship, bible studies, neighboring, strengthening families, and men and women’s ministry. Our vision is that Galway City Church, where we work, will be the healthy hub that will create offshoot churches throughout the West Coast of Ireland.

Ireland is a beautiful country, but it is steeped in spiritual darkness. The Irish are welcoming and hospitable people, but many are lost in growing hopelessness. Ireland once had a deep Christian history. Now, it is considered post-Church and they are rapidly abandoning faith in God. Our desire is to share the love and truth of Jesus with the Irish and the growing multi-national population living in Ireland so that God will be glorified and His Kingdom restored in Ireland.

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