Pastor Thomas has expressed a desire to retire from full-time ministry. The Elders are executing a Succession Plan designed to maximize the long-term success of FCC while preserving our congregational culture.
12/08/18 Special Meeting
The Special Meeting of the First Congregational Church, Inc. of Kingston, NH held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 voted by 83% to call Pastor Lee Cook to be our Lead Pastor.
Lee Cook, Lead Pastor Candidate
An Introduction to Lee Cook
Many of you met Lee Cook during the search process. He was born and raised in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. In 1998, Lee graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a BA in Biblical Studies. In 2002, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His focus in seminary was reading and interpreting the Bible in its original languages. His goal was to be a professor of Hebrew. But in time, and after much prayer, he knew he was called to preach--an urging he had had since he was a teenager.
Lee has worked in youth ministry and as a Chaplain. He is very relational and is equally at home with people of all ages. Lee has also written for InterVarsity Press. For the last 16 years, he has been the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church in La Crescenta, California.
LCPC’s Senior Pastor is very mission-oriented and is often out of the country for a month at a time. Lee's current position calls for him to preach more than 50% of the time. He is a very gifted communicator. He has twice served as Acting Senior Pastor during pastoral sabbaticals. He teaches a midweek Bible study as well as writes the curriculum for other small group leaders. Lee very much appreciates assimilation via small groups and was immediately taken by our discipleship pathway.
LCPC is just a little bit larger than our church. They also have multiple services with multiple styles. Lee has a successful long-term relationship with his Senior Pastor. We think this will translate very well with our plan for David to continue in part-time ministry among us. They have already had many extensive conversations.
Like Pastor Thomas, Lee comes to us without a Congregational background. His Baptist background leads us to believe that he will have little trouble adapting to the congregational way as we experience it. He is open to being ordained in the Congregational church.
Lee and his family live in Burbank, California. His wife, Nikki, is a UCLA grad and is a financial administrator for firm that assists with employee relocations. She is very familiar with the issues involved in a cross-country move. Lee and Nikki have two children, Nathan who is 10 and Chelsea who is 6.
We look forward to their visit and encourage you to attend worship and one of the meet-n-mingles to get to know them better.
We are the Succession Team and will be the official voice and point of contact for the duration of the succession process. You may have many questions during this time of uncertainty. We’ve addressed many of them here, but please contact us with any other questions you may have. Please email any questions to Greg Bartlett.