Criswell News

Alumni Highlight: Kevin Cook ’01

Aaron Helm April 13, 2023

Kevin Cook graduated in 2001 with a major in Biblical Studies from Criswell College. Kevin recalls feeling led to ministry in 1994 when he shared his testimony at a youth juvenile detention center, and several inmates gave their life to Christ.

As Kevin was researching training options for full-time ministry, he came across Criswell College through a friend’s recommendation. He found that the degree options at Criswell looked better than alternative options provided by other local institutions and decided to attend Criswell.

One of Kevin’s favorite memories at Criswell was when he saw Dr. Criswell walking across the street in front of him while driving in downtown Dallas. Kevin got out of his car and yelled out to Dr. Criswell that he attended his school. In response, Dr. Criswell looked at him and loudly said, “Keep the faith brother!!!”. This encounter was the one and only time Kevin ever met Dr. Criswell, and he still remembers the encouraging words to this day.

Kevin feels that his education at Criswell College has had a significant impact on his life and ministry. The Biblical foundation that he received has been invaluable, and the rigor and expectation of excellence in each class have served him well. For those who desire to go into ministry or pursue a Christ-centered career, Kevin advises that all Christians are in full-time ministry, and there is no distinction between vocational ministry and the secular workforce. Christians have a ministry opportunity on a daily basis, and their Christian work ethic, character, attitude, and habits are on display for those who might not know Christ.

Since graduating from Criswell College, Kevin has been busy planting churches and working in education. In 2001, he and his family moved to Seattle, Washington, where they helped plant a church called Christ the King Bible Fellowship, which is still going strong today. They returned to Texas in 2006 to help start another church in Richardson called Living Hope Bible Fellowship. A year later, Kevin and his family started ONE Community Church in his living room, which has also become a thriving church. Kevin was also a member of the launch team at Watermark Community Church, where he helped to start a satellite campus in Plano. Currently, Kevin is the Dean of Students and Online Principal at Kingdom Collegiate Academies, which is a ministry of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.

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