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Charles Cook

Our Founder - Turning Passion Into Action

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.

ABOUT US

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First Graduating class of 1911with Dirk Lay. 

CNAMF TODAY

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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.

CNAMF is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity that awards grants to small and emerging community-based organizations and/or churches, located in tribal communities or Native urban centers across the country.

By working collectively, CNAMF envisions a strong, promising, and secure future for Native communities, focused on the faith and well-being of our people.

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OUR TEAM

Our Mission

"EQUIPPING NATIVE LEADERS TO BETTER SERVE THEIR CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES"

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Treasurer

Navajo/Hopi

Administrative Manager/

Board Liaison

Gila River Pima/Hopi

DELLA PENA

Executive Director, CEO

Navajo

WENDY WESTON

Program Manager

Xicana

DINA LOPEZ

 
 

MEET OUR BOARD

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SANDRA PATTEA

Chair
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

SHARON TOM

THERESA PRICE

Vice Chair

Navajo

Treasurer

Navajo/Hopi

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VANCE HOME GUN

ANNETTE STEWART

REV. DR. STEVEN MARSH

REV. ALVIN DEER

Board of Director

Gila River Pima

Board of Director

Board of Director

 Muskogee/Kiowa

Secretary

Confederated Salish/Kootenai Tribes