Endorsements & Other Kind Words


Ed Cook comes to the task with a wealth of experience in a wide variety of churches.  He is intelligent, witty, and practical.  He is a good listener who will help you arrive at the best solutions in your current context.  He is extremely well read and brings the latest thoughts and approaches.  Ed is a global thinker who can relate to multicultural settings as well as international contexts.  Ed is pastoral, prophetic, spirtual, administrative, and intellectual.  This combination of gifts is a great asset in coaching others to reach their own goals as well as God’s purpose for their lives.

Roy Conwell, D.Min.
Sr. Pastor, Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship
Vineyard Missions National Leadership Team
Area Pastoral Care Leader, Vineyard Community of Churches

Ed puts complex ideas and concepts into understandable words better than anyone I know. He’s extremely savvy to the urban and postmodern culture, and understands how the gospel is relevant to broad contexts. Ed is warm and genuinely caring and can empathize better than most pastors. Innovative and creative communicator. Easy to hang with.

Matt & Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi
Co-Pastors, The Ohana Project

Ed Cook has been a coach and mentor to me for over 15 years. He shares his wisdom and experience in humorous and insightful ways. He has helped me look at many different leadership challenges with new eyes. I always come away from our times together refreshed and energized. Ed has a passion for coaching others. I would recommend his services to anybody in leadership who wants to continue to grow and learn about themselves and how they can improve what they do.

Gary Georgeson, Ph.D.
Sr. Pastor, Federal Way Vineyard

…wisdom of years…communicator par excellence…humorous…practical theologian…my friend.

Winn Griffin, D.Min.
Author | Teacher | Publisher

Ed is a thoughtful teacher with a keen mind for grasping difficult issues and summarizing them in a usable and helpful manner. He has a passion for coaching the next generation into their destinies and has a proven track record of perseverance, following through on relationships and projects.

Doug Heck, D.Min.
Sr. Pastor, Horizon Church
District Superintendent, International Foursquare Church

Ed Cook keeps going, following after Jesus regardless of the challenges. Young people are inspired by him and old people wonder at him. He will help you think new thoughts and do it in a way that feels right to you.

Jim Henderson, D.Min.
President, Off-The-Map; Author; Speaker

The description of Ed as a “care-full” coach and mentor was one that emerged spontaneously in my own reflections on eleven years’ pastoral and ministry experience with him. His even-handed, thoughtful, and empowering approach to leadership development allowed me extensive room for formation within a relational context that was both supportive and protective. Ed has gifts particularly well-suited to entering challenging organizational environments, grasping quickly the complexities of particular personal and organizational dynamics, and helping individuals and teams to identify ways forward that are situationally-apropriate and life-giving for all concerned. I wholeheartedly commend Ed’s care-full ministry to pastors, church leadership teams, and other faith-based leadership structures.

Karl Neils, M.Div.
Sr. Pastor, Seattle Vineyard.

The things I most appreciate about Ed: He has a commitment to a high view of scripture but is not afraid to push the envelop. He is a creative thinker and offers insights that challenge the status quo. I am impressed how he has been able to morph and stay current with young people, yet maintain a solid biblical perspective. I see how he loves “the kids” and they love him! He lives and offers a unique praxis — biblical precepts lived out under grace.

Fr. John Roddam, D.Min.
Rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Ed Cook is a veteran pastor and church planter who has studied, practiced, and reflected deeply on pastoral work. He is an excellent coach and advisor. I know this. He walked with me through a very difficult time in ministry.

Randy L. Rowland, D.Min.
St. Pastor, Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church
CRC Church Planting & Development Bi-National Leadership Team

When it comes to mentoring, Ed Cook always had the rare mix of wisdom, availability, and care that an emerging leader like myself needed. He has the ability to believe God for big vision and yet keep a person grounded in reality when it comes to strategy and planning. I honestly owe much of my success as a church planter to his coaching and care.

Eric Sandras, Ph.D.
Teaching Pastor, Desert Vineyard

In the twenty plus years I have known Ed he has proven to successfully identify, train, and equip young leaders for today’s changing world. He brings years of experience at the helm of urban ministry. Ed would bring concrete, practical coaching combined with wisdom and education to any enterprise.

Rose Madrid Swetman, D.Min.
Co-Pastor, Vineyard Community Church
Area Pastoral Care Leader, Vineyard Community of Churches

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