Beverly Logas Koopman has served on Zion’s congregational council since the beginning of 2011. Her term runs through the end of 2013.
Please tell us about your family:
Darrell Koopman is my most important supporter, friend and husband. My grown children are Brian (and Michelle), Linnea (and Ross Stirratt), Alex, and Elizabeth; I also have one granddaughter, Makayla (2), and another granddaughter on the way!
Where do you work?
I am a grades 3-4-5 multiage teacher at Discovery Elementary School in Buffalo and am proud to say that I’ve been a part of the wonderful Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose schools for more than two decades!
What are some of the ways that you have been involved with Zion’s ministries?
Over the years I have been involved with Social Ministries, Youth Ministries, various fundraisers, and served as a Communion Assistant, Coffee Fellowship Helper, Youth Mission Trip Chaperone, and Sunday School Teacher. Serving others is a core value that I hold.
Why do you serve on the Church Council?
Church Council plays an important role in helping to find ways to support others as they work to fulfill the mission of Zion and carry out the work of Christ. I enjoy helping to facilitate action and empowering others to make good things happen. When we find ways to make more good things happen in our church and in our community, I feel fulfilled, as a member of the church and as a council member.
What are your other interests in the community?
Read to Feed the Mind is another ministry that is important to me. I am the co-founder and Executive Director of this non-profit. Together, with Zion members and others from our community, we work to collect books and then distribute them to children through the food shelf. Giving children books to own is one of the ways that helps to inoculate children against the risks that come with poverty.
The City of Buffalo is establishing a sister city relationship with Bukoba Tanzania. I am the chair of this committee that is working to create business, religious, educational, cultural and healthcare related partnerships between Buffalo residents and citizens in Tanzania. Both of our communities will be enriched as a result of these partnerships.