Pastor Dan Cook


   Daniel Cook
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Pastor of Youth & CE

Pastor Daniel Cook was born in Hanover, MD, in 1984. He is the oldest of ten children. Until the age of eight he attended Baltimore Christian Faith Center, a Pentecostal Church. It was during this time that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. At a young age he approached his parents one night and told them that he wanted to become a Christian. They made sure that he knew that he was a sinner (Romans 3:23), that God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to take the penalty for those sins on the cross (John 3:16), and that by believing in Him he would be saved from the consequences of those sins (John 3:15, Romans 6:23). That night he knelt by his parents bed in prayer for salvation. When he was eight years old, his parents began attending Clearfield Bible Church in Westminster, MD. It was there that he grew in the Lord while attending youth group, competing on the quiz team, and singing in the church choir.

After being home schooled through eleventh grade, he began attending Carroll Community College full time during his senior year of H.S. Intending to follow in his father’s footsteps he applied and was accepted to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to obtain a degree in Computer Science. While in his last semester in community college he felt a calling to the ministry. After discussing it with his parents and his pastor he acknowledged this calling as God’s will for his life and applied to Appalachian Bible College. He was accepted in March of 2002.

In August of 2002 he attended Appalachian Bible College and enrolled in the Pastoral: Greek Program. In his sophomore year he met his future wife Amanda, and they dated for over a year before being engaged near the end of his junior year. During his junior year he served as a part-time youth pastor to a small church in Summersville, WV. On May, 13, 2006 he graduated from Appalachian Bible College with a major in Bible/Theology and a minor in Pastoral: Greek. One week later Pastor Daniel and Amanda were married.

Just three weeks before graduation he had been accepted into an internship at Covington Bible Church which was Amanda’s home church. While serving as an Assistant Pastor at Covington Bible Church his wife, Amanda finished her senior year of college at Appalachian Bible College and graduated with a major in Bible/Theology and in Elementary Education. In September of 2007 Pastor Daniel began his ministry to us here at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church as Pastor of Youth and Christian Education.