Seven Questions with Sally Cook – California Southern Baptist Convention
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7 Questions with Sally Cook

Sally Cook
Controller
This week we feature Sally Cook, a calculation-formula building, spreadsheet guru extraordinaire. Sally serves as the controller for CSBC, managing the day-to-day accounting operations of the Convention and monetary reports for each ministry team. When Sally is not serving the Convention, her other important role is "Mom," raising her two sons with her husband, Jonathan. Sally possesses a true heart for the Lord and seeks Him in both her professional and domestic roles. This is evident in every conversation with Sally. While in her presence you can feel her spark of joy, enthusiasm, and effervescent love she holds and shares for the Lord.

What book are you currently reading?

I like mystery novels, whatever is on kindle fire, that is FREE! I LOVE murder mysteries also! The two books I recently finished are "The President’s Shadow" by Brad Meltzer. "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges is a book that I had been reading with a book club of ladies from my church.

What biblical character (other than Jesus) would you want to meet, and why?

It would have to be either Esther or Ruth because…well…their inner strength rooted in their faith and how they were able to overcome their fears and anxieties. Just incredible. In my perspective, they are such fitting examples of godly women. Afterall, they got their own chapters in the Bible!

Toilet paper, under or over?

Definitely over. Beard not mullet. Its easier to find in the middle of the night when you don’t want to turn the light on.

Who has been the most influential person in your Christian life, and why?

I would have to say my mother. From an early age I can remember my mom always praying over us (me and my siblings). She was always willing to give, happy to give. She had overcome a lot in life, but she was known for covering friends and family in prayer. She was Catholic and although that is not the faith I follow, I don’t know where we would be today, if not for my mother and her faith that led us through. I shudder to think.

What would be one piece of advice you would want to give to your younger self if you could?

Ha-Ha! Where to begin? How do I put this? To not be so concerned about others’ opinions of me. That had led me down a path that I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen for myself if I had known better. Overall, its okay to be different.

If you could choose one place in the world to visit where would it be?

Oh goodness. I have no idea. One place? I don’t know if I have one place. I enjoy going to new places and discovering new things. I meet God in those unique places, people and landscapes. Anything can be an adventure. Meeting God in those moments are what I treasure.

What name of God resonates the most with you right now and why?

It will always be Abba, father. My father left our family at an early, impressionable age for me. God (Abba) has never left and never will. Being a wife and mom, I know my boys will make mistakes, but Jonathan and I want to lay a good foundation and arm our boys to make good choices and be able to know the difference. We want to teach them to not follow the crowd.