Pastors of Joy Community Church
Joy Community Church Pastor
Pastor Curtis Cook is the founder of the Joy Community Church where he has been the overseer for nearly 20 years. After receiving a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Physics, he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army where he spent more than 20 years, retiring as a Colonel. After his Army career, he worked as an engineer in several fields, including The Arkansas Nuclear One, nuclear generating station at Russellville, at BEI Defense Systems at their rocket manufacturing operation, and at the Pine Bluff, Arsenal, where he designed and evaluated chemical accident and response exercises.
Joy Community Church Pastor
He served for a time as the Director of Transportation for the Pine Bluff School District, and the Pulaski County School District in Little Rock. Additionally, He worked as a Columnist for the Arkansas Gazette newspaper, and as an adjunct Instructor at the Southern Arkansas Tech University at Camden, and at the South East Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Pastor Cook did his masters degree work at the University of Northern Colorado, at Greeley, Colorado, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth, Kansas. Pastor Cook is a respected official with the Arkansas District Council of the PAW, serving as Director of the Youth Auxiliary, and as special assistant to the Bishop and Chairman of the Council.
Juanita Kimbell Cook
Co-pastor of Joy Community Church
Juanita Kimbell Cook, co-pastor of Joy Community Church is the daughter of Suffraghan Bishop Andrew J. And Evangelist Queen E. Kimbell.
Sis. Cook graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a major in History & Political Science and a Minor in Education. She obtained her Masters of Science degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a degree in Library Science. She has been employed at many educational institutions in various states to include: Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Longview Community College in Kansas City, Missouri, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southern Arkansas Tech in Camden, Arkansas. Sis. Cook retired as an educator of 36 years of service in 2010.
She has joyfully served in many capacities in the church as well. Beginning as Choir Director, and Sunday school teacher at her father’s church, she went on to become Sunday school teacher and Choir Director at Christ Temple church in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Kansas City, Missouri. She served as District Young People Secretary for the Northwestern District Council and pianist for the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Kansas City, Kansas where Pastor Rosie Summers was overseer. Sis Cook was instrumental in obtaining the 501© (3) status for the Joy Community Church at its inception in 1996. At Joy Community Church she has served as Church Treasurer and Adult Sunday School Teacher and advisor to the Choir as well as president of the Missionary and Christian Society and Pastor’s and Ministers Wives Auxiliary. Sis Cook currently serves as Auxiliary Chairman of the Arkansas District Pastors, Minister, Deacons, Trustees and Widows Wives Auxiliary.
Sis. Cook lovingly adores her three children: Cheryl (Deceased); Melanie (Cary) and Reginald along with her two grandbabies Grace and Daniel.
She is the loving and loyal wife to Pastor Curtis Cook to whom she has been married for 44 years.