Our Pastor

 

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Dr. David A. Cook, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Miriam and I have been married for 32 years and have two grown children, Matthew and Carol.  Matthew, 30, is married to the former Erika Cates, and works for a graphic design firm in Winston-Salem, while Carol, 27, is married to Mr. Nick Bitove, and is assistant to the president for a company in Toronto, Canada.  Our kids continue to give us much joy, as they have long since progressed into the “grown-up” portion of their lives.

 

I am a life-long musician with guitar as my primary instrument.  I also enjoy reading and rummaging through vintage stores of various types.  Miriam, the love of my life, enjoys reading and needlework.  We both thrive on seriousness when it’s called for but also laughter and good humor.  Life’s too short for anything else!
 
Miriam spent many years in the family business, Baby Diaper Service (Remember cloth diapers?) in Greensboro, NC and occasionally works part-time as a tutor, either paid or volunteer, in area elementary schools.
 

After my graduation from High Point College (now High Point University) in 1974, I spent approximately twenty years working in the transportation area of the corporate sector.  Over time, after what I now know were many “nudges” of God’s call upon my life, I answered formally and publicly the call to ministry in the spring of 1993.  By the fall of that same year I was enrolled as a first-year student at Duke Divinity School, later graduating in 1996.  Shortly after I was appointed as an associate pastor at Main Street UMC in Kernersville.  During that period of two years I was ordained a deacon and then elder in the Western North Carolina Conference.  In my second appointment, which was four years in duration, I served two churches in Lewisville, NC: Sharon and Harmony Grove.  I then was appointed to Mitchell’s Grove UMC, located in my hometown of High Point, NC, where I served for seven years.  My most recent appointment was for five years at Fairview UMC, located in the Shoals community near Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.

 

Miriam and I are blessed to be appointed to Etowah UMC and the wider Etowah community. I can honestly say that Miriam and I have had a wonderful time at every stop along the way and remain confident that our continued stay at Etowah will be no different.

 

Our fellowship is mindful of the ministry mandate God has placed upon us:

As God reveals His will to us, we will be the church God calls us to be, without reservation or pretense.

 

We honor this covenant in the knowledge of a specific spiritual truth: God, who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it (Paraphrase of Philippians 1:6). May we all remain faithful to God’s call upon our lives.

 

Grace and Peace,

David