Mark Cook-Alumnus Feature
Mark C. Cook, CHC, USN,-MDiv, Class of 2006
Mark C. Cook, CHC, USN
I never thought I would go to
seminary. After I completed my
undergraduate studies, I was sure that I would never return to formal
education. After taking my first class
at Fuller, I realized my determination to avoid school was more about subject
matter than commitment, studying or tuition. Along the journey, I had two children, moved once,
switched jobs once and went from two incomes to one. I found many like minded people and others who I disagreed
with yet respected tremendously. I
pursued ordination and through God’s call became a Chaplain in the United
States Navy in August of 2009. I
now see that the questions I asked throughout seminary have made me the
minister I am today. The friends who
I agreed and disagreed with made me more effective in being a chaplain. I am grateful to my classmates,
instructors and to God for where I am today.
What I found at Fuller was a group of friends who were asking the same
questions I was. Seminary was more
about the journey than the destination.
I didn’t know if I wanted to be a pastor or if I even wanted to be
ordained, yet I needed to be in community with other believers trying to make
sense of life.