Former Pro Soccer Player, Citypoint Church, Community Outreach Pastor
As the verse in Ephesians states, God has prepared each of us beforehand with gifts that we are going to use in our walk. In Sterling’s life, ministry was not necessarily a job, but was just a part of growing up. Being the son of Dr. Jim Copeland, a Vice President of Promise Keepers (PK) in the 1990s, Sterling was exposed to the lifestyle and trade long before he decided to pursue it as a career. Sterling now serves as Community Outreach pastor for Citypoint Church, overseeing outreach and the young adult ministry.
As a young boy, Sterling had the immense privilege of seeing God impact the lives of thousands of men in international arena events, NFL football stadiums, and over a million guys gathered in Washington D.C. for Stand in the Gap. Many of his childhood memories include time spent behind the scenes, in the site operations room, and hanging out with the conference speakers. It’s no wonder that the appeal of such a spectacle would be something that Sterling would aspire to orchestrate later in life.
His senior year in college, Sterling had the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing professional soccer for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS. which had always been a dream of his. During this season, Sterling saw stadium events from an entirely different perspective. This experience provided unique insight into the amount of work required to put on a successful event.
At the close of Sterling's soccer career, he pursued a career in ministry when an opportunity to work at Promise Keepers was presented. Beginning as a volunteer in the Promise Keeper's warehouse, Sterling eventually was asked to work alongside his father, who returned to Promise Keepers to re-launch this men’s ministry powerhouse.
While at the Promise Keepers conferences, Sterling oversaw conference logistics, the training and empowering of 100 plus volunteers per conference, set-up and clean-up of the facility, and the sponsorship and exhibitor programs. Outside of conference logistics, Sterling specialized in field networking with local churches and ministries, as well as field strategies, which included media relations. Sterling is a member of multiple event planning associations including RCMA and CMCA.
He currently resides in Westminster, Colorado with his wife Lindy and their dog Izzy.