Dr. Ricky D. Cope

Trinity Bible Institute Dean

Dr. Ricky D. Cope

Trinity Bible Institute Dean

Pastor Ricky D. Cope was brought up in a Pastor’s home and is a graduate of Indian Land High School in Indian Land, SC. At the age of nine he developed a love for music from his mother, and by the age of 22 his love for music expanded into writing his own music and lyrics. Pastor Cope has written over 100 gospel songs and has recorded several CDs.

Pastor Cope held a 20-year career in plumbing prior to entering into the ministry. In 2003, at the age of 36 Pastor Cope surrendered to the call to preach, and served in evangelism for three years. During this time, Pastor Cope preached in several areas of ministry, including churches, tent revivals, military bases, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, retirement facilities, and to thousands of our nation’s youth. God was with him as hundreds were saved through his message “Ten-Foot Tall and Bulletproof” and his life story “My Friend, Grace.” Pastor Cope is also an active, vocal and contributive force for the pro-life movement; he has spoken on numerous occasions to fight for the sanctity of life using the song he wrote, “Rescued”.

In 2004, Pastor Cope received the US Army Medal of Excellence for his music, which honored our US Military. In 2005, he received the Minuteman Award by the US National Guard for his work in encouraging the families of our soldiers during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” He has been recognized by the White House under President George W. Bush and the Arlington National Cemetery Committee in Washington D.C. for the music that has touched the lives of countless soldiers fighting for, and giving the ultimate sacrifice for, our nation’s freedom.

On April 9, 2006, Pastor Cope was ordained into the ministry by Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville, NC, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. Pastor Cope is now the founding Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Indian Land, SC.

In 2009, Pastor Cope was invited by the State of South Carolina Board of Corrections to hold the historical first tent crusade on the prison grounds of the Catawba Pre-Release Correctional Facility in Rock Hill, SC.

On June 30, 2013, Pastor Cope earned Doctorate of Divinity. That same year, Pastor Cope was invited to preach his first historical evangelistic crusade in El Salvador, and was presented The Key to the City by Mayor Carlos Gomez.

In 2016, 2017 & 2018, Pastor Cope traveled to Israel with Dr. Ralph Sexton Ministries as a Pastor, teacher and co-host. Also, in 2018 Pastor Cope was invited to study in South Korea by Dr. Billy Kim of the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC).

Pastor Cope has founded the following Church Ministries and Institutions:

  • “10-Foot Tall and Bulletproof” Youth Ministry 2003
  • “Rescued” Pro Life Ministry 2003
  • Home Safe Military Ministry 2003
  • Trinity Baptist Church 2006
  • Freedom Prison Ministry 2006
  • Trinity Bible Institute 2011
  • Trinity Hispanic Church 2012
  • G. R.O.W. Church Leadership Ministry 2012
  • Vision Evangelistic Ministry 2013
  • Trinity Bible Institute (Statesville, NC) 2019
  • Trinity Bible Institute Online 2020
  • Trinity Bible Institute (Hudson, NC and Monroe, NC) 2020
  • Trinity Bible Institute (Shelby, NC) 2022
  • Trinity Bible Institute (Hayesville, NC) 2023
  • Trinity Bible Institute “Beyond the Bars” Prison Ministry 2023 
  • Trinity Bible Institute “Beyond the Borders” Instituto Biblico Trinity (Spanish) 2024
  • Trinity Bible Institute (Taylorsville, NC) 2024

His life’s purpose is to reach the world with the message that “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” That through Christ there is HOPE for the hopeless, there is HELP for those who cannot help themselves, and there is a HOME in heaven for all who surrender their lives to Him. Pastor Cope is married to the love of his life, Robin; they have two married daughters and 7 amazing grandchildren.