Cook Native American Ministries Foundation

Empowering Leaders in Native American Communities

Charles H. Cook was a Presbyterian minister with a passion for ministry to Native Americans. Reverend Cook was the “missionary to the Pima Indians” beginning in 1870 and was the first pastor to work side-by-side with Akimel O’odham “River People” (Pima tribe) as both missionary and teacher.

In the spring of 1890 Reverend Cook founded a school with just five students, which was the realization of his vision. From these humble beginnings, Reverend Cook’s vision has grown and transformed to meet today’s challenges in educating, empowering and equipping Native Americans for leadership in their churches and communities. With the emergence of the Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) in 2014, this vision is still alive.

CNAMF was formed to provide educational opportunities to current and future leaders so that they can guide their communities and churches to influence the world at large. The services of our Foundation have been keenly identified with meeting Native American leadership needs.

In addition, CNAMF offers programs, workshops and mentoring opportunities that develop Native American leaders who are determined to make a difference for others.

Your contribution will help to fund initiatives, programs and grants to strengthen and guide current and future leaders in tribal communities and churches throughout North America.