Photo Album: The Pastorate Years: Weston, LaSalle, and Midwest

After graduating from Wheaton College, Dr. Cook Married Coreen Nilsen. From there, the two moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended seminary at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. While attending seminary, Dr. Cook pastored a congregation at Weston Memorial Baptist church, Philadelphia (1935 – 1939).

Weston Memorial Baptist Church
Weston Memorial Baptist Church on 58th and Thompson Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Dr. Cook pastored this church from January 1935 to June 1939.

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Weston Memorial Church on 58 th and Thompson in Philadelphia. Mentions John Houghtcamp.
Coreen Cook went home to Chicago to visit

Congregation outside of Weston Memorial Baptist Church
Congregation outside of Weston Memorial Baptist Church

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Weston Church Board Photo
Weston Church Board Photo

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Mr. and Mrs. Houghtcamp
Mr. and Mrs. Houghtcamp
Mr. Houghtcamp, a Weston board member, became a good friend to the Cook’s

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Photograph of the young couple
Photograph of the young couple

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The Cook's with their dog, Socko
The Cook’s with their dog, Socko
Growing up, Bob had always wanted a dog. One of the first things he did after marrying Coreen was go to local dog shelter and adopt this Chowhound with reddish fur. They named him “Socko.”

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The Cook Family Christmas card.
The Cook Family Christmas card.
This photo shows off the Cook’s first child, Carolyn. She was born that October 31, 1937.

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Coreen’s mother came to help with new baby Carolyn

Coreen Cook with baby Carolyn
Coreen Cook with baby Carolyn

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Bob and Coreen with baby Carolyn
Bob and Coreen with baby Carolyn outside Weston Memorial Church, Philadelphia

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photo of the young Pastor Cook
Print media photo of the young Pastor Cook

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Return to Chicago - Caption
After seminary in Philadelphia, Dr. Cook and his family returned to Chicago to pastor First Baptist Church of La Salle from 1939 to 1943.

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next to the church sign
Pastor Robert Cook standing next to the church sign of First Baptist Church of La Salle with the parsonage behind him

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Side of First Baptist La Salle
Side of First Baptist La Salle as seen from the road

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A sign proclaiming the gospel
A sign proclaiming the gospel

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La Salle, from the side.
La Salle, from the side.
Back in the day, the designation “Tabernacle” was a common moniker for “church.”

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La Salle parsonage and their church sign
Another picture of the La Salle parsonage and their church sign

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The parsonage
The parsonage where Dr. Cook, his wife, and their two children lived while in La Salle.

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Second Daughter
While pastoring at La Salle, Dr. Cook and Coreen’s second daughter was born, named Marilyn.

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Dr. Cook and baby Marilyn
Dr. Cook and baby Marilyn (born December 4, 1939)

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One of Bob and Coreen's nephews
One of Bob and Coreen’s nephews (of the Johnson family) visiting

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The Cook's, Easter
The Cook’s, Easter 1941

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The Cook family, Summer
The Cook family, Summer of 1941

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Carolyn and Marilyn growing up
Carolyn and Marilyn growing up

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Story of the new bicycle

Carolyn and Marilyn
Carolyn and Marilyn
Dr. Cook often tells the story of when he bought his daughter a bicycle. She believed his word with so much assurance that she told all her friends that “I got a bicycle from Papa” even before Bob had picked it up from the store. He used this story as an example of what child-like faith towards God looked like.

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Midwest Bible Church - Caption
Midwest Bible Church was Dr. Cook’s fourth and final pastorate before going on to work with Youth for Christ, ca. 1943 – 1952

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The front of Midwest Bible Church
The front of Midwest Bible Church, Chicago, Illinois

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Midwest Bible Church ladies group
Midwest Bible Church ladies group

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Midwest Girl’s Sunday School class
Midwest Girl’s Sunday School class

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Midwest Sunday School class youth
Midwest Sunday School class youth

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Midwest Boy's Sunday School class
Midwest Boy’s Sunday School class

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Confirmation Class
Confirmation Class, 1951
Carolyn Cook is in front row, all the way on the left. Rev. Torrey Johnson is the one wearing a dark suit (front row, center).

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Breaking ground
Breaking ground

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Midwest Addition - Caption
Midwest built an addition onto the back and side of their existing church structure, ca. 1948

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Breaking ground - Two
Breaking ground
Carl Gunderson and Robert Cook

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Man with blueprints for the Midwest addition
Man with blueprints for the Midwest addition

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Building addition nearly complete
Building addition nearly complete

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Side view of Midwest Bible Church
Side view of Midwest Bible Church

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Pastor Bob Cook emerges from Midwest Bible Church
Pastor Bob Cook emerges from Midwest Bible Church, ca. 1944

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Rev and Mrs. Cook
Rev and Mrs. Cook

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Church dinner and reception
Church dinner and reception

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A few laughs at dinner
A few laughs at dinner

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Midwest fellowship
Midwest fellowship
Left to Right: A woman from church; Coreen Cook (in hat); and Coreen’s mother, Hilda Nilsen

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Coreen Cook in the parsonage kitchen preparing a meal
Coreen Cook in the parsonage kitchen preparing a meal

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Midwest Sunday School picnic
Midwest Sunday School picnic

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Wheelbarrow races
Wheelbarrow races

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Sliding into home
Sliding into home

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Pitcher Torrey Johnson
Pitcher Torrey Johnson (also known as Rev. Torrey)

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Balloon liftoff
Balloon liftoff

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Bobby socks and saddle shoes
Bobby socks and saddle shoes

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