River Oaks Study Center

Our Core Values

River Oaks Study Center is both a ministry outreach and a small family business.  For us, the Cooper family, River Oaks is all about one second-generation homeschool family reaching out to other homeschool families.  Our core values are simple: love God, love one another, expect excellence, and give grace.  We believe that quality academics should be within reach for every family.  We know that most homeschool families work hard and make many sacrifices in order to provide superior Christian education to their children just like we do, and it's our mission to help others accomplish that.

At River Oaks, we don't just see clientele.  We see families into whom God has poured copious blessings for His glory, and the opportunity to partner with you in fulfilling your calling to teach your children diligently. We do our best to meet our River Oaks families where you are, to work with you through life's challenges, and to treat you with the same grace that we want to be treated.  We offer your children the same standards of academic excellence that we demand for our own.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not
     in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,
     nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight
     is in the law of the Lord,

  and on His law he meditates
     day and night.

He is like a tree
     planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
     and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

Meet the Coopers

A homeschool graduate and a preacher's kid, Nathan began tutoring other homeschoolers in 1998, interned in ministry in 2000, and entered worship ministry in 2006.  Since that time, he has also served as youth and preaching minister, while maintaining River Oaks Study Center as a support to his ministry like the apostle Paul made tents.

Nathan is passionate about worship and mentoring.  He is an avid reader and collector of books, with an ever-growing library that his wife both admires and regrets having to dust.  He enjoys writing fiction in the style of Lewis and Tolkien for fun, and is writing a non-fiction book on making spiritual disciplines an active part of daily life.  Nathan is a die-hard Tennessee Titans fan, always open to "this being the year."  His wife says he is a total optimist.

Jennifer Cooper was born in Michigan and followed the traditional public school path, and avows that she got both to Tennessee and to homeschooling as soon as possible.  She began serving in children's ministry in 1997, worship ministry in 2001, and became a worship director in 2006.  She has written and arranged children's Christmas productions.  As both a passion and a side gig, Jennifer operated Serendipity Entertainment from 2007 - 2012, providing vocal entertainment for festivals and charities, and performing as the lead of an improv comedy group. 

Jennifer is passionate about worship and music.  She prefers real books to ebooks, but doesn't like dusting!  She, too, enjoys writing fiction, and likes dabbling at various creative arts and crafts.  (She's been encouraged more than once to write a book on "101 Children's Crafts With Paper Plates." )  She loves to laugh and to spark joy in others.  She is a Tennessee Titans fan by marriage - "There's always next year!"

Nathan and Jennifer are the homeschooling parents of Matthew, a caring and respectful bookworm, and future Christian counselor; Ethan, a generous and funny football fanatic, and future Army officer; Brandon, a helpful and curious trains and planes guy, and future pilot; and Zoe Grace, a joyful and sweet harpist-ballerina-singer-dancer, and future doctor and "Mommy of five."  Together, they love to find new things to do and new ways to serve.