About Barry

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Future Perfect, Present Tense is the website of British author, screenwriter and podcaster, Barry Cooper.

Barry is the producer / writer / presenter of Ligonier Ministries’ Simply Put, and in June 2019 he became Supervising Producer at Ligonier. He also co-produces and co-presents the bi-weekly Cooper & Cary Have Words.

With Sam Shammas and Rico Tice, he created Christianity Explored, an evangelistic series that has so far been used in 100 countries, and translated into 50 languages. He began working on Christianity Explored in 1998, co-founding Christianity Explored Ministries in 2001.

Barry is the author and presenter of the Discipleship Explored film series, co-author and co-presenter of the Life Explored film series, and co-author and co-director of the Christianity Explored film series.

He’s the presenter of Stephen McCaskell’s feature-length documentary LUTHER, and writer of the feature-length Media Gratiae documentaries PURITAN and CHURCH (forthcoming).

Barry has authored and co-authored a number of books including One Life, If You Could Ask God One Question and Can I Really Trust The Bible? He’s contributed writing to Christianity Today, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, 9Marks, and ExploreGod.

Born in Epsom, Surrey, Barry holds an MA in English Language and Literature from St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and an MA in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. He wrote, directed and performed in numerous comedy shows at Oxford, and having trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, co-ran a theatre company for seven years. He’s performed in such places as Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.

Barry interned with Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, and was part of the core team that helped to plant Trinity West church in Shepherd’s Bush, London.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Port Orange, Florida, and is an elder at Christ Community Church Daytona.

You can send Barry a message here, or follow him on Twitter.

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