Hi! My name is Kevin Cook, and welcome to my website.
I am a son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend to many. But most of all, I am a husband to my lovely wife, Nicole. We have been married for four years, and I hope to add ‘father’ to that list someday soon.
I am a Christian.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the triune God. I believe Jesus came to reconcile the broken relationship between God and humanity by experiencing the brokenness of humanity, living perfectly through it, and overcoming the power of sin through the power of love. I know Jesus personally. He is God and He is a man: He is the god-man. He is more than a historical person. He is risen. He is alive. And He desires a relationship with all of humanity in general and each individual person in particular.
I am a seminarian.
My wife and I moved to Kentucky in August 2013 where I am a student at Asbury Theological Seminary. I am a Master of Divinity student and an Aspirant for Ordination to the Priesthood in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). I plan to be a priest, pastor, and contemporary church planter in the Anglican tradition with a heart for reaching the unchurched. I also desire to continue studying theology, write, and defend the orthodoxy of the Christian faith.
I am a worship leader.
I most recently served as the Worship Director at Nicholasville United Methodist Church, a part-time ministry position while studying full-time at Asbury. I previously served as the Worship Coordinator at Asbury Theological Seminary for the 2014-15 school year. I had the honor of serving in this full-time ministry position alongside Rev. Jessica LaGrone, Dean of Chapel, and with an amazing team of interns to plan worship services and events in the Asbury Seminary community.
Before coming to Asbury, I served on the worship leading teams of the Florida State University Wesley Foundation from 2004-2007, and again from 2008-2009. Between 2007-2008, I served as the Director of Contemporary Worship at First United Methodist Church of Ocala, FL. I taught worship small groups, provided worship leading workshops, and led worship for retreats and in other capacities through an organization I began called Radical Authentic Worship.
I am a musician.
I began playing piano at the age of 11 in my hometown of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Through high school, I studied under the highly respected instructor and former president of the Music Teachers Association, Mary Ann Rothschild. I continued to study piano under Leonard Mastrogiacomo at Florida State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2007. I focused my musical studies in Commercial Music, with an emphasis on audio engineering and the recording arts.
I am a business leader.
I earned a Master of Business Administration in 2010 and have a passion for applying business acumen to the organization and administration of the body of Christ. Business strategy and management come naturally to me. I see the many parallelisms between business and ministry in a way that doesn’t detract from the mission of God through service and sacrifice. I see how marketing strategy can be employed in outreach and church branding. I want to find the most effective way to reach a target “market” with the gospel in today’s post-Christendom, post-denominational, on-demand information based culture. I desire to establish and employ smart, fundamental business practices in managing finances and church resources to maximize efficiency for responsible stewardship in the church.
I want to be a revolutionary.
Last of all, I desire to be part of a revolution in the 21st century Christian church! It has been 300 years since the last major shift with the Enlightenment, and history shows us that approximately every 300 years a major shift occurs. So I believe that we are on the brink of the next major cultural and philosophical change, and it is exciting time to be part of the global ecumenical church. I want to see the church in America return to its fundamental love of Jesus Christ, with a theology rooted in biblical studies rather than in contemporary philosophies. I want to see the Church in America return to an authentic community and expression of the Christian faith. I want for the church to seek freedom and justice for the oppressed, and social and moral holiness throughout its body. I don’t know how this will happen. I don’t know what the Lord has in mind for these next 50 years. But I invite anyone who loves Jesus to join me on this journey.