Staying Connected,

Staying Strong

Those four words say a lot to me not only as Pastor, but also as Executive Director.


As Executive Director, the words, Staying Connected, Staying Strong, have a sobering effect. I am reminded that as General Baptists strive to advance the Kingdom, each and every mission field is crucially important to us. 


As a network of churches called General Baptist, we must stay connected to the ministries God has provided to us. I believe Jesus is pleased with our General Baptist family when we seek to stay connected at the local, national and international levels.


Staying Connected, Staying Strong. May these words stir each and every General Baptist. No Pastor can be left behind. No mission field can be forgotten. No local church can be cast aside. No General Baptist can be overlooked. You belong to a larger body of believers committed to helping you do more together than you could ever do alone.


Clint Cook | Executive Director

Clint Cook | Executive Director

Born in 1962, Clint was called into the ministry at the age of 16 and ordained as a minister at the age of 20. Graduating from St. Louis Christian College in 1986 Clint began his first pastorate at Real Life Church in Springfield, IL in September 1985. At that time the church was known as First General Baptist Church. Real Life Church recently celebrated Clint’s 30th year as Senior Pastor.


In 2011, Clint was called by the General Baptist Council of Associations to act as the interim Executive Director following the resignation of Dr. James Murray. After less than a year serving as Interim, Clint was elected to fill the Executive Director position on a permanent basis.


As Executive Director, Clint has continued his ministry as Lead Pastor at Real Live Church and continued and expanded the Next Level Coaching Network among General Baptist pastors and leaders.


Clint currently serves General Baptists as the Executive Director of the General Association of General Baptists but has also served as a member of the Council of Associations, Chairman of the Council of Associations, as a member of the Executive Council, and on various boards.