Dr. Zach Crook was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. Zach answered the call to ministry after his senior year of high school and went to Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX. While at WBU, Zach played basketball (on the JV team), was editor of the student newspaper, and even served as student body president. More importantly, it was at WBU where he met his wife, Jill, who is the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor.
Jill is a licensed professional counselor, but she is currently focusing on being a stay-at-home mom and serving at church. She enjoys running, reading, and napping! Zach and Jill have been married for sixteen years and they have three children; Isaiah, Caleb, and Avianna. Isaiah is a sixth grader who loves reading and video games and is playing his first season of tackle football. Caleb is a fourth grader who loves all sports and is currently running cross country, playing soccer and fall baseball, and can’t wait for basketball season. Avianna just turned four in August and she loves rainbows, unicorns, Barbies, and having her dad wrapped around her finger.
Their family is excited about the prospect of returning home to Texas where they can experience the joy of Blue Bell and Whataburger on a regular basis! Zach is also a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and is optimistic, like he has been every year since 1995, that this is the year they get back to the Super Bowl. Zach loves reading, tolerates running (so he can enjoy Blue Bell and Whataburger), and enjoys almost any sport.
While in college, Zach began serving as a youth pastor at age 19 and served in that capacity for 10 years. At the age of 28, he accepted the call to be a lead pastor and has been serving in that role ever since.
Zach has both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Christian Ministry from WBU. He has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD from Dallas Baptist University. He serves as an adjunct professor for the St. Louis extension center of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Zach served in churches in Texas for 17 years before spending the last four in Bridgeton, MO. Zach knows his calling is to equip the saints for works of ministry (Ephesians 4).
He loves teaching and preaching God’s Word and wants to glorify God through gospel-centered ministry. He desires to see people discover Christ, take ownership of their faith, and then radically serve Him.
Above all, he is incredibly humbled to be able to serve God vocationally, and he looks forward to seeing how God will work in and through him and his family in the days ahead.