Gary Cook

Gary’s family moved several times while he was growing up, partly due to his father being in the military. After high school, Gary joined the US Navy and was ultimately stationed aboard a nuclear submarine in Honolulu, HI. A fellow shipmate was a Christian and introduced Gary to Jesus Christ. Shortly after this, Gary was introduced to a group called the Navigators. They helped him grow as a believer in Jesus Christ.

Gary met his wife Colet at a Navigator Bible study. After an interesting courtship, Colet and Gary were married and lived in Honolulu, where Gary was a student at the University of Hawaii. Colet and Gary were actively involved in Navigator ministries and in an Evangelical Free Church in Honolulu. After school, Colet and Gary moved to Lansing, Michigan where Gary worked as a lecturer at Michigan State University (MSU). Colet and Gary began foster parenting two young boys, Dakota and Alex. They ultimately adopted both of them, and they are now young adult men. 

As he was completing his doctorate, Gary was offered a job at the WI Department of Public Instruction, so Colet and Gary moved to Wisconsin in 1998. Shortly after coming to Wisconsin, Colet and Gary started attending LakeView church. Colet and Gary have been involved in children’s and worship ministries at LakeView. Gary has lead several LifeGroups, and often serves as a worship leader. Currently, Gary is a research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research. Gary enjoys riding his road bike, playing guitar, singing worship songs with his wife, and being out in nature with Colet.