The Rev. Jim Zidan of Christ Community Church of Tullahoma has announced the addition of two to the ministry staff.
This past January, Amy Cooley was hired as the church’s new worship director. Also hired in January was Curtis Cooley, who will direct the church’s youth program.
“Curtis and Amy have been personal friends of ours for more than 10 years,” said Ziden. “I was only contacting Amy to ask for the name of someone who might be able to help us with keyboard and worship leading. Years ago I approached the Cooleys about joining our church leadership team, but Curtis has been very committed to assisting his father with a church in Murfreesboro. When Amy said, ‘We would like to come and help,’ you could have knocked me over with a feather. It was truly an answer to a prayer.”
Amy and Curtis Cooley are no strangers to music and worship. Amy is a professional recording artist. She produced her first CD, “A Change” in 2006. In addition to her professional recording career, this year, Amy taught at the Enrichment Fellowship HomeSchool Coop and coached its first-ever show choir. They competed in the Music City Show Shoppe Competition this year at Belmont University and won Overall People’s Choice Award.
Curtis is a special education instructor at West Middle School and has worked in the Tullahoma City Schools System for over 12 years. He has also served as Amy’s professional manager, tour manager, music producer and sound engineer. In addition to music and management, Curtis has more than 12 years of experience in church ministry.
Curtis comes from a long line of ministry. His father, Bishop Vincent Cooley, has pastored Freedom Assembly for 15 years and has been in ministry for over 25 years. Curtis’s late grandmother, Etta Ruth Cooley, was a professional evangelist who preached in churches, tent-meetings and revivals for almost 50 years. Curtis’ uncle, Paul Cooley, a retired teacher from Tullahoma City Schools, also serves as a pastor at Freedom Assembly.
According to Zidan, beginning in July Christ Community Church will totally restructure the Sunday morning services.
“We don’t want the church to be a place where kids come for a night of fun and a slice of pizza,” he said. “We want them to find a place where they belong and they hear the word, then do it. We want to help them roll up their sleeves and help others. After four years in high school we want them to feel that this is their church, not just the church their parents have attended. We have entertained kids for too long. It’s time we challenge them and equip them to do ministry themselves. The church isn’t a place to come and sit; it’s supposed to be a place from which we go and serve.”
In celebration of the Cooleys joining the staff, the church is hosting a youth weekend beginning Friday, March 18.
From 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 18, an ultimate dodgeball tournament will be held in the gymnasium. Free food and drinks will be provided.
A free concert by Judah Man is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Judah Man is an R&B recording artist and rapper from Chicago who tours the U.S. speaking and performing at youth conferences and conventions.
On Sunday, March 20, the youth will host the morning worship service. Judah will be the special guest speaker. A traditional service begins at 9:30 a.m., with the main service set for 10:45 a.m. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. The public is invited.
Christ Community Church is located at 716 Westside Dr. For more information visit the Facebook page.