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Director of Missions

Russell Cook

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Dr. Russell Cook and his wife, Marsha, live in Shawnee, Oklahoma and have three married children. They have eight grandchildren. Dr. Cook and Marsha are members of Immanuel Baptist Church, Shawnee.

Dr. Cook served as pastor for 25 years in Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, before being called as Director of Missions for Pottawatomie-Lincoln Baptist Association (PLBA) in November of 1996. As Director of Missions, he devotes much of his time relating to pastors, assisting with ministry assessment and personal spiritual growth. For many in the association he is seen as a "pastor to the pastor." He also provides consultation and orientation for Pastor Search Committees. He has served as Interim Pastor or Transitional Pastor in several PLBA churches and readily serves as pulpit supply when pastors are away from their churches.

Along with serving as Director of Missions, Dr. Cook has established a ministry for deacons. He and Marsha conduct Deacon Ministry Conferences around the nation that serve to educate, encourage and equip deacons and their wives in their ministry in the church. Some of Dr. Cook's articles on deacon ministry have been published in "The Deacon" magazine, a Southern Baptist publication. He has authored three books, Daily Devotions for Deacon'sDiscovering and Developing Your Deacons and Discriptive Duties of Deacons.

Dr. Cook has a Bachelor of Arts from Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas; a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, Georgia.

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