Marshall Cook

LOS ALAMOS, NM (BNM) –White Rock Baptist Church, Los Alamos, voted to call Marshall Cook as its senior pastor on Sunday, June 28.

Cook was born in Hereford, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Brownwood, Texas. His father was a pastor all of Cook’s life. The family moved from Brownwood to Waco, Texas. In Waco, his father took a position at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.

Cook is one of three children. All of them earned degrees from Baylor University. Among their family of five, family members hold seven degrees from Baylor. Cook earned a degree in Religion and Philosophy from the school and a Master of Divinity from its George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Cook’s autobiography said that he benefitted from several loving church families. Members of those churches led him in Royal Ambassadors, children’s choir, Bible drill, youth group, youth choir and summer missions.

Cook’s professional experience focused on young people in public and private schools, nonprofit organizations and churches. Cook worked at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee (2012-2015). He began as a substitute teacher and later became an instructor. He taught middle school history and Latin and coached football and track and field.

Cook worked as after school staff at Indian Spring Middle School (2015-2018). During that time, he led activities, assisted the program manager and helped staff a summer day camp program.

Cook completed a Pastoral Associate Internship at University Baptist Church, Waco, Texas (2016-2017). He helped the church’s staff guide the church’s weekly ministry. 

In Waco, Cook partnered with a middle school community coordinator about meeting needs on campus. Out of that meeting, he oversaw ministry partnerships with Cesar Chavez Middle School. The partnerships included a lunch buddies program and weekly soccer games.

From June-December 2018, he tutored for the Student-Athlete Center for Excellence at Baylor University. He tutored students in required Christian Scriptures and Christian Heritage courses.

Cook most recently served as a ministry intern for community engagement for First Presbyterian Church, Marfa, Texas (Jan. - Sept. 2019). There, he gained experience ministering to a small, mostly Hispanic community, the search committee said. He developed a church website and led two six-week studies for the church. Cook was responsible for preparing the worship service and preached monthly. 

Cook volunteered in schools, with Meals on Wheels and in community service projects. In Marfa, he also co-founded a nonprofit aimed at minor bike repair, restoration and community rides.

In a letter to the congregation, the search committee said Cook embodied servant leadership, was capable of preaching and teaching God’s Word and had the heart of a pastor. He begins his ministry in Los Alamos on Sunday, July 26. 

Joy Pittman is circulation assistant for the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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