Rev. Roy Edward Cook was born in Long Beach, California on February 20, 1942. He graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended LaGrange College, 1961-63. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1966, and from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1969 with Master of Divinity degree. In 1989, he received a Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State University.
Rev. Cook served in ministry throughout the North Georgia United Methodist Conference from 1971. He became an elder in full connection in 1974. During his time in ministry, Rev. Cook served many congregations, including Inman-Brooks, Bold Springs, Varnell-Smith Chapel, Francis Asbury, Fannin Circuit, Carrollton First, Savannah Valley, Jones Chapel, Young Memorial, Hapeville First and Little River United Methodist Churches. He worked with older adult ministries on the conference level for 15 years.
Rev. Cook is also active in the community beyond the local church. He has been a member of the Lions Club every year except one since 1971 and has been president of the Lions Club for four annual terms; one term in the Hapeville chapter and three in Woodstock. In 2007, he was elected Melvin Jones Fellow.
Rev. Cook married his wife, Ann on September 2 of 1967. They have a son Randy, and an adopted daughter, Margaret.
After his retirement in 2000, Rev. Cook and Ann chose to become a part of our church family at Christ United Methodist Church. We have been blessed to have them as active participants in our congregation where they work as office volunteers. Rev. Cook coordinates and welcomes new members in our congregation, sings in the choir and recently gave oversight to the creation of the church’s new directory. Rev. Cook was named as Pastor Emeritus in 2015.