Hi, my name is Pastor Marvin L. Cook, Jr.
I was born on April 20, 1970 at Fort Lee, Virginia. I grew up an Army-brat. We moved quite a bit when I was younger, but always considered Western North Carolina our home. I enlisted in the Marines in the summer of 1989. I was medically discharged in 1991. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Stephanie, for twenty-seven plus years now. We have three daughters, Emilee (21). Kenzie (15), and Hope (11).
I was gloriously saved March of 1993 at East Fork Baptist Church. I attended Bible College at Trinity Baptist Bible College in Asheville, N.C. After much prayer, God led me and my family to move to the Dakota's. God led us here to Calvary Baptist Church in August of 2014, and we are so honored to serve the Lord here.
The Love of God has been a major influence in my life! I stand amazed that He loves me so! I long to continue to serve Him, and share His love in an ever darkening world. I am over-joyed and honored to be a part of Calvary Baptist Church, where we strive to be the place, "Where New Life Begins."
I stand on God's Holy Word, The Bible. The messages preached are directly led by God and His Word. My desire in life is to achieve Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you."
I have a tremendous desire to be a blessing and help to anyone in need. I believe in and enjoy greatly the leading of THE HEAVENLY FATHER in these troublesome times that we find ourselves living in today. I am nothing more than a sinner saved by grace!!! What a tremendous joy it is to serve the Almighty here at Calvary Baptist Church.
Longing for that day,
Pastor Marvin L. Cook, Jr.
Calvary Baptist Church began January 1, 2007 with eleven charter members constituting the church in Pukwana, SD. Duane Earwood was the missionary pastor. On April 21, 2008, Calvary Baptist Church purchased one acre of land at 301 Eagle Ave., Chamberlain, SD. With God's provision and the help of many volunteers, the members built a 40 x 120 building housing a sanctuary, fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms. The first service at 301 Eagle Ave was in February 2010.