Dr. Christopher Cook - Gordon Conwell
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Dr. Christopher A. Cook

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2015
Expertise: Spirituality and Counseling, Post-traumatic Growth, Professional Identity Development, Supervision


Christopher comes to Gordon-Conwell with a broad background of teaching, pastoral ministry, and clinical experience. He has worked in established pastoral church ministry, church planting, and a range of mental health settings. Christopher has taught students of diverse ages, from grade to graduate school, in a variety of settings, including private grade school, public and private higher education, and in ministry as a pastor and teacher. Prior to joining Gordon-Conwell, Christopher was lead pastor of a church in Denver, NC. He has over 15 years of experience in ministry.

Christopher is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. Although he has worked with a wide variety of clients and difficulties, Christopher specializes in couples counseling and with people who have experienced trauma. He brings a holistic approach to working with people that values individuals as physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social beings.

Christopher is currently working on research in posttraumatic growth, and his other research interests include professional identity development, clinical counseling supervision, and effectiveness in pedagogical technique and theory.

Christopher has been happily married to Heather since 1998 and they have three vibrant and active children.


  • AFA (Catawba Valley Community College)
  • BThS (The King’s College)
  • MDiv, MACC (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • PhD (University of South Carolina)


  • Boccia, M. L., Cook, C., Marson, L., and Pedersen, C. (2020). “Parental divorce in childhood is related to lower urinary oxytocin concentrations in adulthood.” Journal of Comparative Psychology. (In press).
  • Carlson, R. G., Fripp, J., Cook, C., and Kelchner, V. (2015) Examining intimate partner violence, stress and technology among young adults. The Professional Counselor 5(3), 365-378.

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