Steve Cooper

CONNECTION. It’s at the core of Steve Cooper’s spiritual pilgrimage and his ministry to men.

Drawing on his hard-won wisdom and powerful stories, Steve comes alongside men and encourages them to believe that they are already enough.

As Waking the Passion’s founder and Executive Director, Steve speaks to men’s groups about discovering the power of belonging and of authenticity.

A former TCU football player, Steve’s passions are college ball, cooking on the grill, and hanging out with friends and family. He lives in Houston, Texas with Karen, his bride of 35 years. They have two adult children.

Waking the Passion has been engaging men at some of life’s greatest crossroads since 2005.


Dave Tarpley

Substance use threatened to kill Dave at the age of 38. But it was his son’s suicide attempt and excursion into the drug world that set him on a course to re-vision his life and parenting.

Dave serves as the Operations Director of Waking the Passion and coaches leaders on a range of personal and professional topics. He is also co-hosts the retreat experience, Pause-and-Effect.

Dave holds a master’s degree in counseling and has extensive experience as a therapist and college instructor.

He and Heather have been married for more than thirty years and have three adult children.