The Honorable Reverend Dr. Susan Johnson Cook (HUMC 2003)
The Honorable Reverend Dr. Susan Johnson Cook, Former Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, was the first woman to serve as President of Hampton University Ministers’ Conference at the turn of the 21st century. She has served as a policy advisor to President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros. Dr. Cook served as a dean and professor of communications at Harvard University, a professor of theology at New York Theological Seminary. In 1983, Dr. Cook was appointed pastor of the Mariner’s Temple Baptist Church in lower Manhattan, becoming the first African American woman to be named pastor by the American Baptist Association in its two hundred year history. Later, in 1996, she became the founder and senior pastor of the Bronx Fellowship Christian Church. In 1990, David Dinkins appointed Cook as the first woman chaplain to the New York Police Department. She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Cook studies acting and singing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her M.A. degree in education from Columbia University, her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and the D.Min. degree from Ohio’s United Theological Seminary. She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s President’s Administrative Fellow Program. Dr. Cook is the mother of two sons, Samuel David and Christopher Daniel.