New fund established to help young people grow with Christ

Published 7:10 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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Bob Cook was a husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, coach, youth pastor, and friend.
Above all else, he was a follower of Jesus.
His passion was in sharing Christ with others – particularly children and teens – and then helping them grow in their faith. Countless numbers of people are sharing Jesus in churches, neighborhoods, and their families because God used him to invest in their lives.
Cook suffered a heart attack on Jan. 23, 2020 and died on Jan. 31, 2020 at age 52. For more than 25 years, he ministered to youth and children with the message of Jesus Christ.
The Pastor Bob Cook Legacy of Ministry Fund, established at the Davie Community Foundation as an Acorn Fund, will exist to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to invest in areas of ministry that were important to Bob and his wife Melanie. Once endowed, the fund will invest in three critical areas of ministry.
The first tier of the fund’s focus will be Camp Manna Ministries, a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to reaching the lost, ministering to families, investing in children, and serving the community. The Cook family was part of that church family.
Second, Bob and Melanie were called to minister to children and youth. Grants will be made to assist children and youth attend camps and conventions, where they might grow in their walk with Christ.
Third, Bob and Melanie attended Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Okla. He studied youth and music ministry and she earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. The Cook’s believe in the work the university does to train and equip servants of Jesus. Scholarships for those who are called into ministry will be considered once the fund grows large enough.
The fund must grow to $5,000 to become an endowment and be moved to the foundation investment pool. Donations in any amount may be added to the fund at any time. One hundred percent of all donations designated for the fund will be added to the Pastor Bob Cook Legacy of Ministry Fund.
Checks payable to Davie Community Foundation, with Pastor Bob Cook Legacy of Ministry Fund listed in the memo, may be sent to PO Box 546, Mocksville. Gifts may also be made online at Choose the Pastor Bob Cook Legacy of Ministry Fund from the drop down for the “Allocate Donation” section.
“The foundation is honored to be part of remembering a special member of the Davie community who served children and youth around the state,” said Jane Simpson, president and CEO. “We look forward to seeing the fund grow to an endowment where it can fulfill the grant making vision of the Cook family and continue Bob’s ministry.”
To learn more, contact Simpson at (336) 753-6903 or or visit