Pastor Cooke is a gifted communicator, pulpit preacher and teacher with a passion for speaking practical, relevant messages that disciple, equip and inspire. He is responsible for leading all the staff and ministries of the church.
Pastor Cooke has over 29 years of ministerial experience in the Church of God and before coming to the Kimberly Church of God on July 4, 2004, Dr.Cooke had served as the Pastor of two Church of God congregations in Alabama. He has also served as an Evangelist in Alabama, as the State Evangelist in Kansas, as a Youth Pastor, a Christian Education Director and as the Associate Pastor of the Eastway Drive Church of God in Charlotte, NC that has a membership of 1200.
Pastor Cooke has six earned degrees including two PhD's, two Master Degrees and two Bachelor Degrees. Some of Pastor Cooke's areas of study include Theology, Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Comparative Religion, Education Leadership & Technology and Higher Education Administration.
Pastor Cooke is a native of Sumiton, Alabama and is married to Linda Michelle (Gravlee) Cooke. Michelle assists Pastor Cooke in the pastoral ministry and works full-time as a Legal Secretary for Burr & Forman LLP. Stan and Michelle have two daughters – Heather and Heidi Cooke. Heather (age 21) is a full-time Senior at the University of Alabama – Birmingham where she is studying to become an Occupational Therapist. Heidi (age 16) is a Junior at Mortimer Jordan High School.