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Suzan Johnson

REV. DR. SUZAN JOHNSON COOK

Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook is a US policy advisor, pastor, a longstanding activist and celebrated preacher.  The New York native served as a presidential advisor under the Clinton administration and as dean and professor of communications at Harvard University.  She also taught theology at New York Theological Seminary and pastored a number of New York congregations.  Additionally, Cook served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Internal Religious Freedom to the United Nations. 

A strong leader and fearless advocate, Cook’s career involves a lot of firsts:  the first Black woman to pastor an American Baptist Association (ABA) congregation, the first female president of the Hampton Minister’s Conference, and the first woman to be appointed chaplain to the NYC Police Department.

Rev. Johnson Cook received her B.S. degree from Emerson College in Boston, Her M.A. from Columbia University, her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary in Ohio.  She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Presidents Administrative Fellows Program.  She is frequently noted among America’s top women in religion by various media outlets.

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