Rev. Michael Cooper-White, MDiv, DD
Director of Lutheran Formation
In his 44 years as an ordained pastor, Michael Cooper-White has served an inner-city parish, directed an urban coalition and ecumenical agency, been assistant to two synod bishops and the first two presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The last 17 years of his career he was the president of Gettysburg (now United) Lutheran Seminary. He has authored four books and dozens of articles on theology, leadership and administration. Since his retirement in 2017 he has formed a consulting group and is a part-time reporter for The Gettysburg Times daily newspaper. Cooper-White is Union’s Director of Lutheran Formation and teaches courses in Lutheran history and polity and organizational leadership. He is also an adjunct professor at Eastern Mennonite University. A commercial-rated pilot and flight instructor, Michael is also a licensed glider pilot and an officer of the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association. He currently serves on the board of Mosaic, one of the largest faith-based social ministry organizations in the U.S.