Meet Our Pastors
About the Pastors: The Copeland Family
Coastal Plains Church lists core values that reflect unconditional love, integrity, and worship that reflects true belief, to name a few. If you know the Copeland family, you know that this is not just how they see church, but how they view family. James and Emily have two children, Matthew and Lucy, and they are working every day to raise a family centered on these ideas.
Pastor James and Emily Copeland are originally from Birmingham, Alabama where they served churches since the year 2000. Most recently, they have moved to Wilmington from Wallace, North Carolina where James served as an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Wallace.
James and Emily met and started dating in high school and James started attending youth group with Emily. It was on a mission trip with that youth group to coastal North Carolina that James accepted Christ at the age of 19.
In late 2015, James and Emily began to pray and seek counsel about what was next for them as a family in ministry. It became clear to them both that the time had come to return to coastal North Carolina, but this time with a specific call to plant a life-giving church in Wilmington.
All with the hopes of helping thousands of other families learn the things they have learned over the years, James and Emily are trying to raise a family that believes that God’s love changes everything. They would be honored to join your family in that same journey.