Biographies

Jerry Cook

Jerry Cook is the author of Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness (written with Stanley Baldwin) the best-selling book, which describes the church as a “healing force in the world.” It was written during his pastorate at East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon and gives fresh encouragement and definition to churches, leaders and individuals of all denominations.

His second book, A Few Things I've Learned Since I Knew it All, co-authored with Stanley Baldwin, brings new insights about God, ourselves, guidance, success, ministry and mystery. He has also written a book about marriage with his wife, Barbara, called Choosing to Love, The Odyssey of a Relationship.

More recently, his book The Monday Morning Church: Out of the Sanctuary and Into the Streets draws from the New Testament letter to the Ephesians and lays out how Christians can be the church not just in buildings on Sunday, but 24/7 in everyday living.

Jerry was also a contributor to the Spirit Filled Life Bible. He wrote the textual notes and outlines for the books of I Samuel, II Samuel and Joel.

Jerry was the Senior Pastor of East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon, (Portland metro area). His perspective on the role of the church in the world helped it expand from a handful of people to over 4,500 in attendance. East Hill continues to be a growing and influential congregation.

After nineteen years at East Hill, the Cooks moved to Kirkland, Washington (Seattle). Jerry was an Associate Pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church. He retired from that position in 2007.

He lived out his life on Whidbey Island (Seattle area) where Jerry maintained a teaching and church consulting ministry for many years as well as addressing conventions and conferences throughout the United States and overseas.

Jerry was a graduate of Seattle Pacific University (BA) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) He also held Doctor of Divinity degrees from Life Pacific College in Los Angeles as well as Pacific Life College in Canada.

He and his wife, Barbara, were the recipients of the Medallion Award from Seattle Pacific University in tribute to their accomplishments as a professional team.

When he wasn't teaching or traveling, you could find Jerry tucked away on his favorite river, stream or mountain lake, fly-fishing. Jerry is survived by his wife, Barbara, four children (two boys and two girls) four grandchildren and one great grandson.

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook is a popular author, conference speaker and an ordained minister with more than 50 years in the ministry, including 20 years as a youth pastor to young adults.

After graduating summa cum laude, receiving a B.A. in history from Seattle Pacific University, she married Jerry Cook, well-known minister and author of the best-selling book, Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. They began pastoring East Hill Church, a congregation of 23 near Portland, Oregon. Within a few years, the church numbered in the thousands. It became widely known, influential in its outreach, and is still thriving today.

Barbara has authored four books, Love and Its Counterfeits, How to Raise Good Kids, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Strength, Choosing to Love, and her daily radio broadcast, A Touch of Beauty, was aired in many regions of the U.S. for nearly 12 years.

As a speaker for leadership conferences, seminars and churches, reaching many varied denominations and groups, she has experienced ministry throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, North America and parts of Asia. In addition, she has appeared on television and radio shows.

Barbara and Jerry were named recipients of Seattle Pacific University’s Medallian Award in tribute to their accomplishments as a professional team.

Barbara lives on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, where her personal interests revolve around her home, four children, four grandchildren and great grandson. She is a classical pianist who performs works of Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.