Cook, Thomas
1859-1912; e.m. 1882

WM evangelist, born in Middlesbrough on 21 August 1859. At 16 he was converted and became a local preacher in 1878, after a call received during a sermon by W. Morley Punshon. Turned down for the ministry, he became a lay evangelist in the Halifax and Bradford District. His outstanding success in preaching for conversions led to his acceptance for the ministry in 1882 and his appointment as Connexional Evangelist as part of the Forward Movement. He took part in many Southport Holiness Conventions, toured extensively in the British Isles and visited Norway, Africa and Asia. He succeeded Thomas Champness as leader of the Joyful News Mission and was appointed first Principal of Cliff College in 1903. He died on 21 September 1912.

  • Methodist Recorder, 26 Sept. 1912
  • Henry T. Smart, The Life of Thomas Cook, evangelist and first principal of Cliff College, Calver (1913)
  • V.C. Cook, Thomas Cook, evangelist-saint (1914)
  • A.S. Wood, On Fire for God: Thomas Cook (Ilkeston, 1983)
  • Herbert McGonigle, Thomas Cook, Evangelist and Saint (2015)