to Business Exchange, Breakfast Speaker, Dr. Susan Johnson
Cook, Senior Pastor & Founder, Bronx Christian Fellowship
Suzan Johnson Cook is a Senior Pastor at the Bronx Christian
Fellowship, also known as Believers’ Christian Fellowship,
which she founded in 1996 after serving as the pastor at the
Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church in downtown Manhattan
for 13 years and growing their membership exponentially. A
powerful preacher, Dr. Johnson Cook was recently described
in The New York Times as “Billy Graham and Oprah rolled
In 1983, she was elected the first
Black woman to be a senior pastor in the 200-year history
of American Baptist Churches of the USA.
In 1996, Pastor Cook was the only faith
leader appointed to the President’s Initiative on Race
(a 7 member Advisory panel to President William J. Clinton).
In 2002, Johnson Cook became the first
woman to be elected president of the 10,000 member Hampton
(Virginia) University Ministers’ Conference, which represents
all the historically African-American denominations. Her long
lists of other “firsts” includes: the first woman
appointed chaplain of the New York City Police Department;
the first woman from the Bronx and the first woman Baptist
Minister to receive a White House Fellowship.
Featured by Ebony Magazine in 1997
as one of the nation’s top 15 women in ministry, Johnson
Cook is the author of eight successful books: Too Blessed
to Be Stressed (Nelson: 1998), A New Dating Attitude –
Getting Ready For The Mate God Has For You (Zondervan: 2000)
and The Sister’s Rules for Ministry (Word: 2003). Her
latest, Live Like You’re Blessed (Doubleday: 2006),
was featured on Good Morning America, the Tavis Smiley show
and is becoming a Bestseller.
A faculty member and graduate of Harvard
University she also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from
United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH. ’91); a Master
of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and a Master
of Arts from Columbia University.
Reverend Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook
has toured nationally with Bishop T. D. Jakes and the God’s
Leading Ladies Conference around the nation. She has been
a television producer and on-air host for all of the major
networks and was the co-officiant for the Homegoing Service
of Civil Rights Leader, Coretta Scott King.
Dr. Cook is married to Ronald Cook
and they reside in New York City with their two sons.
Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook is a woman of promise, passion,
diligence and determination. When leaders need guidance, they
go to her. She is a woman of destiny, purpose and history.
Her mentoring and leadership skills have now charged her to
form the Women In Ministry International Summit, which supports
and advocates for women church leaders from around the world.