Prior to his conversion to Christianity in November, 1962, Copeland was a recording artist of partial Native American descent, having one Billboard Top 40 hit ("Pledge of Love", which charted in the Top 40 on April 20, 1957, stayed on the charts for eight weeks, and peaked at #12).
Following his religious conversion, Copeland turned the rest of his life over to Christian ministry work. In the 1960s, he was a pilot and chauffeur for Oral Roberts. In the fall of 1967, when Copeland was thirty years old, he enrolled in Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later he studied under Kenneth E. Hagin, founder of RHEMA Bible Training Center and RHEMA Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Kenneth married Gloria Copeland on April 13, 1963 and have three children, two sons-in-laws, and several grandchildren. They currently live on property owned by the Copeland ministry.
He was a member of the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents until it was replaced in 2008 with a new board that promised to hold to higher standards of financial accountability. In October 2007 a lawsuit against the university was presented for financial and political wrong doing. Copeland's oldest daughter, Terri, is married to pastor George Pearsons, who served until January 2008 as the ORU Board chairman.
 Kenneth Copeland Ministries, programming and theology
Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ grew through the 1970s and in 1979, "Believer's Voice of Victory" first appeared on television. Headquartered in Newark, Texas, it has international offices in Australia, Africa, Canada, Europe and the Ukraine. According to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, it is also actively involved in ministry to prison inmates in 23 countries.
Copeland has received criticism for his teaching about wealth in the "Word Faith Movement", his claims about faith healing, and his claim that Bible believers would receive the hundredfold return on their seed as found in Genesis 26:12, Mark 4:20, Mark 10:29-30, Luke 6:38, II Corinthians 9:6-12 and Galatians 3:13-14 of the Bible. 
Kenneth and his wife, Gloria Copeland, travel regularly, speaking at churches and conventions, including their own annual "Believers’ Conventions." This includes the Southwest Believers’ Convention, the West Coast Believers’ Convention, and the Great Lakes Believers' Convention, and special invitation meetings at military bases. The Copelands live in their home on the grounds of Kenneth Copeland Ministries aka Eagle Mountain International Church, located in Newark, Texas, about 30 minutes north of Fort Worth, Texas.
The Kenneth Copeland Ministries Partner Service Center is filled with ministers who pray with more than 11,000 people each week. In addition, they personally call more than 2,000 people each week, responding to prayer requests and natural disasters. Kenneth Copeland Ministries communicates with nearly 52,000 prisoners to let them know Jesus loves them and that Kenneth Copeland Ministries is praying for them. Kenneth Copeland has personally ministered teachings on love and freedom in Texas and Louisiana prisons. Out of the 20,000 letters per month Kenneth Copeland Ministries receives from prisoners, KCM provides inmates with necessary faith-building tools, including 100,000 Bibles and 400,000 various teaching materials each year.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries staff and teams of volunteers support thousands of servicemen and servicewomen through their military ministry. They send gift packages filled with KCM materials, toiletries, snacks and birthday cards to men and women serving overseas. Kenneth Copeland Ministries gives financially to more than 100 ministries in more than 120 countries including Churches, Orphanages, Youth programs and Rehabilitation centers.