For more than 104 years the name Cook has been associated with Native American leadership in the United States, Canada and the Marshall Islands. Programs have been taught both on our former Tempe campus and in hundreds of reservation churches and other locations.  Cook has produced Christian leaders, pastors, teachers, educators, and community leaders from across the nation and beyond.

Continuing that mission, we are still offering Workshops and other events, plus the Commissioned Ruling Elders Program (CRE), geared to the Native American Community and available to anyone interested. 

Please feel free to contact us about your needs or concerns and learn how CNAM can work with you in ministry.  Please read the "Grants" section of this web site.

Winter Workshop Presenters
Dr. Larry Norris, Dr. Carrie Johnson, Rev. Martin Brokenleg and Rev. Debbie Royals

2014 Winter Workshop Participants
For more information about our Workshops, please contact
 Phone: 480.968.9354



Upcoming events


Contact the CNAM office for more information

Cook Native American Ministries
1830 West University Drive, Suite 105
Tempe, AZ 85281


For more information  please contact
 Phone: 480.968.9354

Commissioned ruling elders Programs

These programs are offered to help provide the necessary course work for elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who wish to become Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE) in this denomination. The courses are also available for laity who are interested in learning more about the Bible, teaching and other aspects of Christian ministry.
According to the Presbyterian Book of Order: "The Commissioned Ruling Elder" is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who is granted a local commission by the Presbytery to lead worship and preach the gospel, watch over the people, and provide for their nurture and service" G-14.0801

A Commissioned Ruling Elder, given the required training, may also be authorized by the presbytery to perform any or all of the following functions, when it furthers the strategy for ministry in one or more congregations to which he or she may be commissioned to serve:
  1. Administer the Lord's Supper.
  2. Administer the Sacrament of Baptism.
  3. Moderate the session of the congregation under the supervision of, and when invited by, the moderator of the session appointed by the Presbytery.
And in addition,
  1. Have a voice & vote in meetings of presbytery.
  2. Perform a service of Christian marriage when invited by the session or other responsible committee, and when allowed by the state. G-14.0801c


  • To provide the necessary course work for elders wishing to become Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE) within Grand Canyon Presbytery
  • To provide educational opportunities for laity who are interested in learning more about the Bible, ministry, and the theology/polity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


  • Be an ordained elder in the PC(USA).
  • Have been an active member of a PC(USA) congregation for at least two years or be recommended by letter from the Stated Clerk of a previous presbytery.
If you receive the call, then talk to your pastor, or if you are without a pastor, speak with the Presbytery Executive. The fact that you are interested in becoming a CRE will then be brought to your session.


Three year Rotation Schedule for CRE classes
9 hour weekend includes motel for out of town students and lunch;  for local students lunch is provided. Breakfast and dinner are on your own for everyone. Most classes are 3 hours Friday evening and 6 hours on Saturday. There is one class during the 3 year cycle that will be held on two different Saturdays for 4 ½ hours making 9 hours total.
First Year
Introduction to the
Old Testament
Instructor: Rev. Phil Reller
Session 1: Sept. 6-7, 2013
Session 2: Sept. 20-21, 2013
Preaching Instructor: Rev. Martha Sadongei
Session 1: Oct. 11-12, 2013
Instructor: Rev. Martha Sadongei
Session 2: Oct. 25-26, 2013
Theology and Church History Instructor: Rev. Martha Sadongei
Session 1: April 1-2, 2014
Session 2: April 25-26, 2014
Session 3: May 9-10, 2014
Second Year
Introduction to New Testament Instructor: Rev. Martha Sadongei
Session 1: Sept. 5-6, 2014
Session 2: Sept.19-20, 2014
Faith Development and Spirituality Instructor: Rev. Judy Wellington
Session 1: November 6, 2014
Session 2: November 7, 2014
Reformed Worship, Liturgy, and Planning Instructor: Rev. Martha Sadongei
Session 1: January 30-31 2015
Session 2: February 20-21, 2015
Polity Instructor: Rev. Martha Sadongei
Session 1: March 14, 2015
Third Year
Introduction to Pastoral Care Session 1: September 4-5, 2015
Introduction to Christian Education Session 1: October 9-10, 2015
Session 2: October 23-24, 2015
Administrative Development Session 1: February 12-13, 2016
Session 2: March 4-5, 2016
Ethics and Sexual Misconduct Session 1: April 1-2, 2016

Click Here for CRE 2014-2015 Brochure and Registration Form

For more information about our CRE programs, please contact
 Phone: 480.968.9354