Jon Cook

Worship and Creative Arts Pastor

jcook@thechapel.com

www.jon-cook.com

Office: 716.631.2636 x225

My Story

I don’t have one of those radical stories you hear others share, and that’s ok, because this is MY story of how God personally invited me into His family. Certainly, for those that were rescued from drugs, violence, alcohol, or some other vice, theirs can be a powerful witness to the strength of God to save. But I was saved from a dark place as well – I was just spared some of the pain that goes with the trajectory I was on. Like everyone, I was born a sinner. I was rescued from an identity of sin and brought into an identity of being forgiven, and I’m so thankful for the blessing of that early childhood understanding of Jesus. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t just as much in need of saving, just that had the chance to meet Jesus and follow him at an early age. I was raised in a home with two godly parents who love Jesus and taught me who He is. As a parent now, I’m so grateful for that example as I sing “Jesus loves me, this I know” to my children each night. I accepted Jesus into my heart at a very young age, and I vividly remember sitting on the couch praying that prayer, understanding that Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth in order to die on a cross and be raised from the dead in order to save me from my sins. My spiritual rebirth took place that day, but my story of grace is a journey which has had many milestones and continues today.

As I survey my life, it is always incredible to me how clearly visible God’s involvement has been. He has walked every step beside me. As a middle school student, I had the chance to affirm that this faith was my own. I drew closer to God, read more of the Bible, and understood better what it meant to follow Him fully. In high school, our family walked through an impossibly difficult season filled with hurt and sadness, and I learned in those moments how strong God is and how faithful He is to His children. That’s what I am as a believer in Jesus – a child of God.

More about me

I’m from Buffalo, NY and married to my amazing wife Leslie. We met in high school and have been married since 2006. We both love and follow Jesus Christ, and for years served in ministry together at The Chapel. Today I continue to serve at The Chapel as the Worship and Creative Arts Director, while Leslie now has the privilege of raising our children full time. I absolutely love my job; getting to see God work in this community and getting to work alongside some awesome people. In addition to being passionate about media and creative arts for the church where I serve, I’m passionate about helping other church expressions leverage those elements to the best of their abilities. I’m also a huge fan of recreational boating. Leslie and I spend a lot of our summers out on the water. I grew up with boats, so its something just built into me to want to be out there. In 2011, Leslie and I had our first child – a boy named Jackson. In 2013, we were blessed again with the birth of our second child – a daughter named Mila. What a joy and life change it has been as we learn to be parents. So excited for this life journey and the path that God has us on!