Our Founder - Turning Passion Into Action
Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) is the result of a legacy rooted in the 1870’s by Reverend Charles H. Cook, who lived and worked amongst the Akimel O’odham in Sacaton, Gila River Indian Community. He gained respect for his many years of service to Native people and is most recognized for establishing the Cook College and Theological School in Tempe, Arizona
In 1870 Charles H. Cook moved to Sacaton, Arizona to serve as a teacher to the Akimel O’odham people. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church and it was important to Cook to offer quality educational opportunities for Native people to train to serve their communities through the ministry.
In the early 1900’s he established the Cook Bible School, first located in Phoenix and later, moving to a campus in Tempe, Arizona. Cook School for Christian Leadership affirmed its position among the foremost in producing Christian leaders, pastors, teachers, educators and community leaders from across the nation and beyond.
Cook School for Christian Leadership closed in 2008 and the land on which the campus once stood was sold. The proceeds from the land sale enabled the formation of Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF). Today, CNAMF continues Cook’s legacy by serving Native American churches and communities throughout the country as they train and prepare leaders of tomorrow.
Today, Cook Native American Ministries Foundation is a flourishing 501(c)3 non-profit public charity that provides grants to small and emerging community-based organizations, churches, tribal communities, and Native urban centers across the country.
By working collectively, CNAMF envisions a strong, promising, and secure future for Native communities, focused on the faith, spirituality and well-being of our people.
"EQUIPPING NATIVE LEADERS TO BETTER SERVE THEIR CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES"
Gila River Pima/Hopi
Executive Director, CEO
Social Media Manager
MEET OUR BOARD
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
VANCE HOME GUN
Confederated Salish/Kootenai Tribes
Gila River Pima
REV. DR. STEVEN MARSH
Dr. David Martinez
Akimel O'odham/Hia Ced O'odham/Mexican