Director, Houghton Buffalo East—King Urban Life Center
Buffalo East—King Urban Life Center
A native of Chicago’s South Side, The Reverend Julian Armand Cook is the Dean of Houghton College Buffalo—East Side and the proud Senior Pastor of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church of Buffalo—a beacon of hope and service to Buffalo for over 100 years.
Cook is a graduate of Houghton College (’13). There he majored in Music and Biblical Studies and minored in African American Studies.
Cook is a classically trained baritone vocalist whose gifts have afforded him a number of opportunities, including performing for notable figures like Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Congressman John Lewis. In May 2009, Cook was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Barack Obama—the nation’s highest honor that can be awarded pre-collegiate artists. As a result, he debuted in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
- Ph.D. Student (Expected 2023) in Social Ethics and African American Studies | Drew University
- M.Div. | Boston University
- B.Mus+ in Vocal Performance and Bible | Houghton College
From 2014-2018, Cook served as the Senior Pastor of the historic St. Mark Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Boston, MA. Founded in 1895, St. Mark is the city’s oldest black Congregational Church.
In May 2016, Cook graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University (BU) School of Theology, where he was awarded a full scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow and Mary McLeod Bethune Scholar. Cook was the recipient of BU’s Charles Kenosian Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Ralph K. and June E. Shunk Prize.
In 2017, Cook was appointed Assistant Director of Thurman Networks at BU’s Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground – a student center committed to promoting Thurman’s principles of the “search for common ground” and the “unity of all people.”
Cook returned to Houghton College in July 2018 to serve as director of Houghton College Buffalo—East Side. Associate of Arts degree program providing underserved students access to debt-free, high-quality college education that promotes the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of a cadre of emerging leaders who are academically excellent, spiritually rooted, locally connected, globally minded, socially aware, courageously creative. Cook is also a Ph.D. student in Religion, Social Ethics, and African-American Studies at Drew University.
- “Singing the Blues on A Note of Hope” in FOCUS Magazine, 2018.
- “Good Religion Must Rise Up: A Response to Moni McIntyre’s Keynote Address, The Role of Race/Ethnicity, Sex/Gender and Class in Identity Formation”in Journal for Healthcare, Science and the Humanities (JHSH), 2017.
Ethics, African American Studies, Theology, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Critical Theory, Philosophy.
Honors and Awards
- Doctoral Fellow, Forum for Theological Exploration, 2021
- Maxine Clarke Beach Prize for Outstanding Student-Teacher, 2020
- United States Presidential Scholar of the Arts, 2009
- Metaphysics, Morality and the Mind
- Race and American Christianity
- Race, Gender and the Theo-Ethics of the Civil Rights Movement