Reverend Cook graduated with honors from Houghton College in 2013. There he majored in Music and Biblical Studies and minored in African American Studies. In April of 2013, Reverend Cook was named to the "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." He is an ordained Baptist minister, and a sought-after preacher, writer, lecturer, conference presenter, and public thinker. Reverend 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 Congressmand John Lewis. In May 2009, Rev. 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. In May 2016, Rev. Cook graduated with a Master of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Boston University (BU) School of Theology, where he was awarded a full scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow and Mary McLeod Bethune Scholar. At the time of his graduation, he was inducted into BU School of Theology’s Student Leadership Society, an honors guild dedicated to recognizing theology students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and commitment to BU’s legacy of prophetic social engagement. Additionally, Rev. Cook was the recipient of BU’s Charles Kenosian Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Ralph K. and June E. Shunk Prize.