Indigenous Ministries Staff
Dee A. Cook, CEO
With a passion to see the Church thrive, former CEO John and Dee Cook founded Indigenous Ministries in 2003. They served together in various areas of service including youth work, senior pastorate, church planting, and missions for 46 years.
John was called home to Glory on March 30, 2023 while serving in ministry in Iraq. His death was not on the horizon for any of his family or minsitry colleagues, however the Lord knew and we rejoice that Dr. Cook is safely Home. For more on his life, click here. To view the video of John’s Celebration of Life Service, click here.
Now as CEO, Dee’s vision is to lead the ministry in increasing effectiveness with Indigenous Ministries’ teams.
From Dee: It’s with great honor, thankfulness for God’s mighty hand of guidance and John’s tremendous vision that I look to the future. God has positioned this amazing ministry for such a time as this and I am anticipating great things in the years to come.
These days we live in are dynamic and troubling. While they are times of great challenges worldwide, they are also days to help the widow and the orphan, and great opportunities to share the good news of forgiveness of sins and eternal hope in Christ.
Our focus remains the same; to share the good news of the gospel in difficult-access regions. We are so thrilled for those who are coming into the Family of Christ overseas as a result of Indigenous Ministries; people who have made a personal commitment to follow Him and then deepening their faith as they are discipled.
Resty and Mel minister in the Philippines with passion to equip the Church in the Philippines. Resty’s skills, honed in corporate America coupled with Mel’s Nursing skills provide their full-time ministry a solid foundation bringing Christ’s love through medical clinics and various outreach programs.
Their ministry is helping the local Church in several areas; a prision ministry, medical education training and micro-business projects. With a heart to instill self-sufficiency economically with learned skills and trades, Resty and Mel work with the Church and its leaders to train and develop a stronger base and outreach.
Read their latest newsletter Enguerra Bamboo Journey.
Read the Southeast Asia Ministry Flyer Transforming Lives.
Reda is IM’s Middle East Coordinator and manager for the Child Sponsorship Programs working in strategic ministry planning and implementation in the region. He has ministered with Indigenous Ministries since 2015. Both his background in international ministry in the Middle East, and his leadership skillset bring a dynamic liaison within the national Indigenous Ministries teams. He ministers with a heart for the lost in this rapidly expanding area of the ministry.
He and his wife, Samira, are from Cairo, Egypt. Their family is busy with school activities, sports and church youth groups. They enjoy staying active with biking and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
Craig has served as the Director of Educational Development with Indigenous Ministries since 2021 assisting national pastors and developing new curriculum for training and equipping the under-shepherds and leaders of churches. He is spearheading IM’s Middle East Theological College in Iraq both teaching classes and working with national professors.
Craig and Kathy bring over 43 years of dedicated pastoral ministry and involvement in missions. Previously, Craig served two churches in California and one in Ohio, and in each he has been instrumental in leading the global missions’ emphasis.
They enjoy three children and five grandchildren and stay active with walking and traveling. Check out Craig’s blog and their personal newsletters here: https://www.cyberparson.com/blog
Justin (second from right) is a Texan, but arrived in Colorado “quick as he could.” He started with Indigenous Ministries in 2021 and serves as Finance Manager in the Colorado Springs office. He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends and good hot food.
His first visit to the Indigenous Ministries’ field was to Iraq in 2023 and he says between our teams and the good Iraqi food, he felt right at home.