Born in Canada, she gained her DPhil in St John’s College on the theological anthropology of Edward Schillebeeckx, moving then to Keble as the Liddon Fellow in Theology. After priestly ordination, she combined parish ministry with continuing as Lecturer in Theology at St Benet’s Hall. Invited in 2007 to join the staff at Mirfield College of the Resurrection she teaches systematic theology and helps form ordinands there, while also teaching at Sheffield University. In 2013 she became Research Fellow at Campion Hall, where her current research includes the sacramental theology of Schillebeeckx in the context of his earlier work and in relationship to contemporary Catholic theology and the French resourcement theologians.
Recently Rev. Cooper was appointed as the Director of Initial Ministerial Education for the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.