Our Ministerial Staff

Our church is led by a dedicated team of trained professionals who are committed to personal spiritual growth and to serving Christ in ministry through Cook Baptist Church.


Jeff Smart

Senior Pastor

Jeff Smart

email: jeff@cookbc.org

Jeff has served in full-time ministry since 1980 as a student pastor, worship leader and lead pastor, serving churches in Louisiana and Arkansas. He is a graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. During Jeff's down time, he enjoys time with his family, college football, hunting, fishing and golf. Born and raised in Louisiana, he loves Cajun food and LSU sports! He and his wife, Susan, have been married over 30 years. God has blessed them with four children Megan, Joel, Jon and Emily.

Todd Free

Discipleship and Administration Pastor

Todd Free

email: todd@cookbc.org

Todd has been in ministry for over 30 years serving in a variety of ministry positions including youth pastor, worship pastor, and senior pastor..  He has also served  as an international missionary in Brazil.  Todd is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He loves spending time with his family, attending sporting events (especially Louisiana Tech!), and spending time outdoors.  Todd and his wife Lesley have been married for over 30 years and have four children.   Todd provides leadership for our Bible study and discipleship ministries and manages our church office.

Chris Walker

University and Missions Pastor

Chris Walker

email: chris@cookbc.org

Chris directs our ministry to college students at Louisiana Tech and Grambling and our mission outreach activities.

Jason Ambrose

Worship Leader

Jason Ambrose

email: jason@cookbc.org

Jason leads our Sunday worship services and directs our adult and youth choirs.

Wes Pierce

Youth Pastor

Wes sm

email: wes@cookbc.org

Wes is a Monroe native who began his ministry at Cook in the summer of 2018. He has previously served as Youth Minister at First Baptist Church in Wisner, Louisiana and Swartz First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Ouachita Christian School and The University of Lousiana at Monroe. Wes has a passion to see students come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. 

Wes leads our students into growth opportunities such as Connect Groups, Wednesday night worship, fellowships, summer camp, and much more. 

Rebecca Welch

Interim Director of Children's Ministry

Rebecca Welch

email: rebecca@cookbc.org

Rebecca directs our ministry to preschool and elementary age children and their families. She and her many volunteers coordinate such ministries as Children's Church, Extended Session, Team Kid, Children's Bible Drill, summer camps, and many more.

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