Our Pastor

John Cook – Senior Pastor

John became the senior pastor at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in June 2009 after retiring from the Army as a chaplain with 26 years on active duty. His last assignment was as senior chaplain of the United States Military Academy at West Point. John is a graduate of West Point (1979) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987). He first came to Snyder in 1980 as a young lieutenant assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and received his call to ministry while a member of this church. After seminary and serving as pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, John re-entered active duty and was reassigned to Fort Bragg as a chaplain. He and his wife, Gaye, joined Snyder and kept their church membership here for the next 20 years as they served in numerous locations around the world with the Army, not knowing God would eventually call them back to Snyder to serve as pastor and wife. Their daughter, Allison, graduated from Gardner-Webb University and lives in Charlotte. Twin sons, Jonathan and Joshua, graduated from West Point in 2010. Joshua is still on active duty stationed at Fort Bragg. Jonathan works for Georgia-Pacific in Tallahassee, Florida. All three children got married in an 11-month window and have produced seven grandchildren – John’s favorite new hobby.