Dr. Matt Cook
Matt serves as the Director of the Center for Healthy Churches, bringing over thirty years of experience from his tenure in local congregations, with two decades spent as a Senior Pastor in churches spanning Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina.
Widely recognized as a sought-after preacher, teacher, and workshop leader, Matt extends his expertise nationwide and in various denominational settings. Beyond his role at the Center, he has served as an Interim Pastor in numerous congregations nationwide.
Matt’s academic journey includes earning a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and completing his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Church History at Baylor University. He has shared his knowledge on the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels at institutions such as Belmont University, Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, and Central Baptist Theological Seminary.
Known for his unique approach to congregational support, Matt combines scholarly insight and research with a focus on strategic planning and missional awareness. His expertise extends to staff reorganization, leadership development, and guiding congregations through pastoral transitions.
According to Matt, congregations in North America are currently experiencing the most challenging yet dynamic period of change. He emphasizes the choice between being overwhelmed by these waves of change or riding them by engaging in the work of gaining missional clarity and creatively connecting with the community.
In his personal life, Matt is happily married to Allyson, and they share two children, Nathaniel and Caroline. Residing in Dallas, TX, Matt is a dedicated family man, an avid cyclist, a fervent supporter of OU football, and a connoisseur of various barbeque styles.