Rev. Cook celebrates 46 years of preaching

Closing in on final sermon at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Gigi Tinsley | 12/25/2013, 9 a.m.
Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr.

Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr., the well-known, white-haired, people-loving pastor of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, will preach the word of God to hundreds-of-thousands of individuals for the final time in Jan. 2014.

‘“I am not tired yet,” Cook said. “God’s word keeps you wanting to hear more-and-more about him. The more you hear about him, the more you want to hear.”

Cook was born in Sylvania, Ga. to God-fearing parents, Charlie Cook and Rosa Ann Stephens Cook. He is the tenth boy and fifteenth child of seventeen children.

Cook came to Miami at the age of seventeen and got a job at the Florida East Coast Railroad where he worked for 27 years.

“Since I was not able to get as much education as I wanted, I made sure my children, all of whom are now adults, received as much as they wanted,” Cook said.“In addition to spiritual education, I also believe in the academics.”

He is also the writer and producer of a one-act play entitled, “He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.”

Cook became pastor of Jordan Grove in Jan., 1968 with approximately, 70 members. He now is the leader of several hundred active members.

“Rev. Cook is a devoted citizen and active participant in what is going on in our community and always available when there is a need,” Evangelist Ladi G. Jenkins said.

Cook served as treasurer for the Florida General Baptist Convention for five years and treasurer for the Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education for four years.

Currently Cook is a member of The Baptist Ministers Council of Miami and Vicinity; PULSE [People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality], The AACCC [African American Council of Christian Clergy], Chairman of the Council of Elders, Seaboard Baptist Association, member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., along with numerous other civic and religious organizations. For the many things Cook does in the community and in his church, he was honored on Sunday, Dec. 22, by his daughter and members of Jordan Grove.

Cook said he believes in the three-H’s: “a trained Hand; an educated Head; and a converted Heart.”