OUR SAVIOR TEAM
Our Savior is blessed with a faithful and courageous team of staff and ministry leaders who prayerfully consider what God is doing to teach, love, and connect our member with God and others.
Rev. Joshua Cook
I have been married for nearly twenty years to my wonderful wife Emily, and we have six kids ranging in ages from 8 to16! Emily and I met at Hillsdale College were we both graduated with a degree in Historic Christianity. After eight years in the Army, I attended seminary in Fort Wayne, where I graduated in 2008. I have served as a senior pastor in Columbus, Indiana and Eastpointe, Michigan. Currently I am finishing work on my PhD in Christian Preaching and Church History here in Louisville. I have been serving as the Interim Pastor at Our Savior since August 2018 and truly feel privileged and blessed to be a part of this congregation!
When I’m not studying or writing papers, I love to get out and explore the beautiful Kentucky countryside with the family.
Music Director, Church and School
I was very interested in music from a young age, and started playing organ when I was only 8! As I got older, I learned piano and began playing for my home church in Seymour, IN. I went to Concordia University- Ann Arbor to pursue a teaching degree with a major in music. God called me first to St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Peru, IN in 1987. There I was a classroom teacher, music and choir director, and organist. In 1990, God called me to Our Savior. I started out as a classroom and music teacher, and played the organ. Over the years, my role evolved and eventually I was named the music director of the church and school. I received my Master’s Degree in Music Education from the U of L in 1998.
In 1996, I married Becky, who is also a teacher at our Savior. Together we have two lovely daughters, Hannah and Leah. I lead a small group, and Becky and I are handlers, as well as the caregivers for Mercy Comfort Dog. When not playing music, I enjoy travelling, reading, trivia, listening to all kinds of music, and watching Jeopardy.
Hi friends, I was born on May 25th, 2013. Did you know that I was in the first class of Lutheran Church Charities trained comfort dogs? That was right before I was placed at Our Savior to be their Comfort Dog in July of 2014. I did all my training in Chicago, but I like the weather in Louisville much better. I spend 20-30 hours each week visiting people who are sick or hurting. When they pet me, it helps them feel better! It makes me feel good, too.
I am a pure bred AKC certified Golden with English Cream coloring. I'm also known around the Comfort Dog community for my long, beautiful eyelashes.
My AKC registered name is Mercy Exodus 34:6. Isn't that neat that my name has a Bible verse in it?
When I'm not working, I love to play with my toys, especially to fetch my ball. I also enjoy just relaxing at home with my caregivers. If you see me at church or around town, please pet me!