Planting in the Arkansas Delta – AG News
Five years ago, Timothy A. Parke became the first pastor of New Life Assembly of God, after a group of 43 adults organized the Monticello, Arkansas, church.
Although the size of the congregation more than tripled its first three years, Arkansas AGSuperintendent Larry Moore caught Parke off guard when he spoke a prophetic word that New Life would become a regional church.
In 2016, Chris W. Cook likewise had an encounter with the district superintendent that challenged his faith level. Over lunch, Moore asked Cook when he would follow through with the call of God on his life. At the time, Cook thought he served the Lord fairly well, overseeing men’s ministry and teaching Sunday School at New Life in Monticello. At Moore’s urging, Cook — who works as an engineer for an electrical utility — agreed to pray about pulpit ministry.
“In time, the Lord began to reveal the need for me to be a bearer of the gospel,” Cook says. “Simultaneously, a burden grew for reaching Dermott, even though I didn’t know anybody there.”
In time, the district gifted a church building that had closed in Dermott, plus provided $50,000 for remodeling and ministry in the town, 25 miles east of Monticello.
On Easter 2018, New Life in Monticello opened a satellite campus in Dermott, installing Cook as pastor...