Macedonia Holds Installation Service for Rev. Julian Cook, M. Div.

The Installation Service of Rev. Julian Armand Cook, Pastor Elect of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 237 East North St. was held on Sunday, February 17.

Guest Preacher for the service was Rev. Miniard Culpepper, Sr. Pastor of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Boston, MA.

The Reverend Cook, a native of Chicago’s South Side, is an ordained Baptist clergyman, sought-after speaker, writer, educator and public thinker.
He is a graduate of Houghton College (’13). There he majored in Music and Biblical Studies and minored in African American Studies. In April of 2013, Cook was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Rev. Cook is a classically trained baritone vocalist whose gifts have afforded him a number of opportunities, including performing for notable figures like Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Congressman John Lewis. In May 2009, Cook was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Barack Obama—the nation’s highest honor that can be awarded pre-collegiate artists. As a result, he debuted in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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He is a graduate of Houghton College (’13). There he majored in Music and Biblical Studies and minored in African American Studies. In April of 2013, Cook was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Rev. Cook is a classically trained baritone vocalist whose gifts have afforded him a number of opportunities, including performing for notable figures like Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Congressman John Lewis. In May 2009, Cook was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Barack Obama—the nation’s highest honor that can be awarded pre-collegiate artists. As a result, he debuted in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

From 2014-2018, Cook served as the Senior Pastor of the historic St. Mark Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Boston, MA. Founded in 1895, St. Mark is the city’s oldest Black Congregational Church.
In May 2016 Rev. Cook graduated with a Master of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Boston University (BU) School of Theology, where he was awarded a full scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow and Mary McLeod Bethune Scholar.

Most recently, he was appointed the Director of the Houghton College Bethel program in Buffalo, NY – an Associate of Arts degree program providing underserved students a low-cost, high-quality college education that promotes the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of a cadre of emerging leaders who are academically excellent and spiritually rooted, locally connected and globally minded, socially aware and courageously creative. He is also a Ph.D. student in Religion and Social Ethics at Drew University.

Rev. Cook is unfathomably privileged to be the husband of Mrs. Sirgourney Cook, a gifted opera singer and teacher. They reside in Buffalo, NY.