John Cook has been named the new Corporate Chaplain of the national healthcare management consulting company that he has worked for since 2011, Professional Recovery Consultants, which has recently merged with another consulting firm.
“As details of the merger have settled, the CEO came to me and asked if I would serve as Corporate Chaplain,” said John. “When he offered it to me, it was an emotional thing. I have wrestled with a call to ministry for years.”
John is transitioning from his role as Chief Client Officer for Professional Recovery Consultants into the chaplaincy position. He will commute from Boone, networking between the newly merged company’s headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. and local churches to connect people to spiritual and other life-giving resources. He also will provide monthly Bible study to the Raleigh office.
“I will engage in a lot of conversation with employees to check in on how they are doing,” said John. “I will be a ‘cubicle minister,’ so to speak.”
In addition to the direct ministry that John will provide at the company headquarters office in Raleigh, John will set up chaplaincy programs at the company’s other offices in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan.
“One of the foundations at PRC is a strong presence of God in the workplace,” said John. “Since I began with the company nine years ago, there has always been a Chaplain available to employees. It was outsourced, but a decision was made with the merger to bring it in-house.”
“I ask for Boone UMC to pray for me as I begin this position that my service would be to the glory of God,” said John. “I pray that the church sees the need for witness in the workplace. This is for everyone, even the highest company executive.”
John and his wife Carol have been members of Boone United Methodist Church since 2000. John’s volunteer service ministry includes Stephen Ministry and Emmaus Team leadership. A blessing will be given over John during the 8:45 am and Crossroads services on Jan. 26, as he steps into his Corporate Chaplain position.
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