Pastor Shawn & Elisa Cooper

“You will plant a church.” That was the phrase God spoke to us in a cafeteria in Bible college. For 13 years, we carried that assignment in our hearts. During that season, God stretched our faith, brought clarity to our calling, grew us spiritually, and ignited a desire in our hearts to obey His will for our lives, no matter the cost.

Fast forward—Vertical Chapel became a reality on February 23, 2014. We launched with nothing more than a promise from God, the support of ARC, and an incredible team of people with enough faith to believe God for the impossible. To this day, we are still leading Vertical together, still watching God move, and still seeing lives changed. 

Our greatest ministry is our family. We believe that what happens at home is more important than what happens at church. In order for Vertical to be truly healthy, it starts first in our home. We have been married for 17 years and have three amazing kids— Layton, London, and Lola. We love family adventures, all things Dallas Cowboys, and doing life together. As a family church, our family is our ultimate legacy.