“Anointed, inspiring” and “humorous” are words used to describe Brenda Agent Copeland, gospel music artist and former area resident.
The 1978 graduate of Vanoss High School will be returning to the Ada area Sunday, March 25, at 6 p.m. for a concert at Ada Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church, located at 930 W. 8th Street in Ada.
A national speaker for Stonecroft Ministries headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Copeland speaks at more than 100 conferences, conventions, churches and fairs each year. She currently hosts Fully Alive on KMCT-TV in Monroe, La., and has appeared on Talk from the Heart, a nationally syndicated radio program.
Copeland shares with her audience how after straying away from church and living a life of drugs, alcohol and spousal abuse, she found peace in Christ.
“I had a horrible drug habit,” she said. However, the death of Copeland’s grandmother forced her to make a decision to return to Christ. “I was standing at her funeral and realized she was going to heaven and I wasn’t,” Copeland said. “I said, ‘Lord, if you want me — I am yours.' ”
Born in Houston, Texas, but raised in Pontotoc County, Copeland began singing in church when she was 3 years old. Since then, Copeland has appeared on many television and radio programs, including Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Praise the Lord and Prime Time Christian Broadcasting (GLC) on Light of the Southwest programs.
She has been honored with several Gospel Music Awards, including Soloist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Copeland has recorded 11 Gospel music albums, including He’s So Faithful, and a DVD project.
A contestant in the 1977 Miss Ada Pageant, Copeland said although she didn’t win the event, it was a “good experience.” "I used the Miss Ada experience to judge beauty pageants later in life,” she said.
“My greatest joy is meeting someone and mentoring them. Encouraging women to be so much more than they thought they could be and seeing them realize they can minister and speak to other women is great,” she said. “Salvation is essential to everything we do.”
Copeland and her husband, Kelvin, have been married for 33 years and pastor East Haven Church of God in Bastrop, La.