A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gene joined the Navy in August 1981. In November 1992, while stationed in San Diego, California, he was baptized into Christ at Hoitt Street Church of Christ.In October 2007, Gene retired from the United States Navy with 26 years of honorable active service. While stationed overseas, Brother Cooper was afforded the opportunity to serve as ministering evangelist at Pinetemare' church of Christ in Naples, Italy and Capara Street Church of Christ in Ceiba Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Columbia College of Missouri and a Master of Arts degree from The Theological University of America..
In November 2003, Bro. Cooper was appointed Assistant Minister of 13th Street church of Christ in Washington, DC. In November 2006, Gene along with 31 members established Georgia Avenue church of Christ in Washington, DC where he currently serves as one of the ministering evangelists.