Our Beginning

Founded in 1875, David C Cook is a leading nonprofit discipleship resource provider based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more than 140 years, David C Cook has served the Global Church with life transforming materials from best-selling books and curriculum, to toys and games and small group resources. With additional offices in Elgin, Illinois and Eastbourne, UK, David C Cook is a global organization whose resources are published in more than 150 languages, distributed in more than 170 countries, and sold worldwide through retail stores, catalogs, and online. Through David C Cook’s music division, Integrity Music, over 30% of the top 500 praise and worship songs are written by Integrity artists and sung in churches around the world.

Biblical Statement of Purpose
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
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1864 – At age 14, David C. Cook prays, “O God, make all you can of my life.” He moves with his parents from a rural farm outside Wheaton, Illinois to Chicago, where he becomes a “printer’s devil”–one who set type by hand. Next door is a sales office for sewing machines, where he also works. With his Sundays free, he becomes a teacher in the Wards Rolling Mills Sunday school, Moody’s Sunday school on Milwaukee Avenue and Wicker Park Sunday school.

1875 – Several years after rebuilding his sewing machine parts mail-order business from the ruins of the great Chicago fire in 1871, David C. Cook begins printing his own Sunday school materials in his father’s shop. Until this time, Sunday schools had no lesson helps. The increasing demand for his materials leads Cook to sell his successful business to his partner so he and his wife, Marguerite can devote all of their time and energy to writing, editing and printing Sundays school quarterlies, take-home papers, magazines for boys, girls and parents, and greeting cards.

1901 – Forced to leave his growing operation in the hands of others, Mr. Cook moves to California to rest. After oil is discovered on land next door, an oil company offers to buy some of Cook’s land in hopes of finding more oil. David and Marguerite take the money and head back to Chicago to build a state-of-the-art printing plant on the banks of the Fox River in Elgin, Illinois.

1942 – Mrs. David C. Cook Jr. (Frances Kerr Cook) establishes the David C Cook Foundation–known now as Cook Communications Ministries International. This not-for-profit ministry is governed by an independent board of trustees “to aid and promote the work of religious education without profit to any person or group.” This ensures that revenues generated by our ministries are directed toward ministry efforts that benefit Christians worldwide.

1964 – A new Sunday school curriculum is introduced: Bible-in-Life, based on a comprehensive Bible-study plan called “unified themes.”

1970 – Successful Living is incorporated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Started by a number of Christian businessmen concerned about the type of literature available to people throughout the world, they look for ways to bring people and positive, inspirational reading together through home parties and through placing Christian books in high traffic areas. Successful Living joins the Cook ministries in the late-1980’s.

1971 – Outreach Publications (DaySpring), is started in California by Dean Kearns, Don Leetch, Roy Lessin and Russ Flint. The first products include Gospel tracts, mini-stickers and postcards with Christian messages, and a greeting card. DaySpring joins Cook in the late 1980’s.

1973 – The first complete collection of Bible-in-Life picture strips rolls off the presses. Later published as the Picture Bible, this collection has sold millions of copies and has been translated into hundreds of languages.

1983 – Lion-U.S. begins, based in Belleville, Michigan. Three years later, it moves to Batavia, Illinois. In 1992, Lion Publishing-U.S. joins Chariot Family Publishing.

1989 – Outreach Publications (DaySpring), now based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, joins the Cook family of ministries.

1991 – Rainfall Toys, founded by Randy Scott of Grand Rapids, Michigan, joins Cook as part of the Chariot Children’s Products ministry.

1992 – Beacon Distributors of Paris, Ontario joins the David C Cook family and is renamed David C. Cook Canada Distribution.

1992 – Accent Publications of Denver, Colorado joins the David C Cook Church Ministries group.

1993 – Kingsway Trust Group Limited, Nova Distribution and Christian Art in the United Kingdom join Cook Communications Ministries. Kingsway formed in 1977 when Coverdale House and Victory Press merged. Victory Press was originally the Elim Publishing house, founded in 1929. Coverdale marketed U.S. Tyndale’s Living Bible in the U.K.

1994 – The board of trustees votes in favor of changing our name to Cook Communications Ministries to reflect the nature of our expanding ministries.

1994 – Singles Ministry Resources, started by Jerry Jones in 1983 as a newsletter for singles, joins Cook. SAM Journal contains the latest in news and trends in single adult ministry. One-day leadership seminars and a national convention gives singles ministers the opportunity to network and receive training.

1995 – Cook Communications Ministries moves to a new facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, allowing us to house more of the ministries in one central location and to prepare for service for another 100 years.

1996 – Scripture Press and Victor Books of Wheaton, Illinois join the CCM family.

1999 – DaySpring is sold to Hallmark.

2002 – Honor Books and River Oak become part of CCM.

2007 – Cook Communications Ministries is renamed David C Cook.

2011 – David C Cook acquires Integrity Music.

2015 – David C Cook welcomes Standard Publishing and Gospel Light to its family of learning resources.

Our Mission

David C Cook is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources to help Christians all over the world grow in their faith and pass it on to the next generation. We call this “DiscipleShaping“. We were established in 1875 by David Caleb Cook in Chicago, IL. Since that time, we have published numerous bestselling books from The Picture Bible to Crazy Love by Francis Chan, developed over ten lines of Sunday school curriculum, and published many of today’s most popular praise and worship songs through our music division, Integrity Music.

As a ministry, we do more than just publish and distribute Christian resources. We partner with indigenous organizations to equip Pastors, Lay Leaders, and Sunday School Teachers with our materials in places like India, China, and Cuba. In some places (underdeveloped countries), we make them available at no charge. In others, (developing countries), we subsidize the cost to make them more affordable.

David C Cook Mission Statement
To equip the Church with Christ-centered resources for making and teaching disciples who obediently transform today’s generations.

Core Values

  • Truth

    “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
    Ephesians 4:15
  • Love

    “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
    John 13:35
  • Integrity

    “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.” 
    II Corinthians 8:21
  • Cooperation

    “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
    Proverbs 15:22
  • Accountability

    “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
    Hebrews 4:13
  • Excellence

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
    Colossians 3:23
  • Innovation

    “In every way make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”
    Titus 2:10b
What We Believe

The David C Cook Publishing Co. meets the needs of Christian education by providing the highest quality of Bible-centered, life-related materials. To meet this great responsibility, we have sought spiritually dedicated writers and editors who are able to interpret the Bible with the highest degree of evangelical scholarship. It is our intent to use proven methods of Christian education as well as the best art and printing to make this scholarship available to the largest possible number of people.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired and only authoritative Word of God, supreme and final in its authority in matters of faith and practice. The Bible stands unique and alone above all books. For this reason we believe every lesson should be based upon Scripture—every lesson a Bible lesson, with Scripture applied to present-day Christian living.

God

We believe in the triune God of the Bible, the God who created the world, who made man in His own image, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for man’s redemption.

Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is coeternal and coequal with God the Father. We believe the Bible record of His virgin birth, sinless life, words, works, vicarious death, bodily resurrection and ascension, and promise of His personal return. Christ came into the world to provide salvation through faith in Him as Savior and Lord, and to restore men to fellowship with God.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that God the Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Bible, is a person coequal and coeternal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit brings an awareness of guilt, brings about the new birth, and indwells the believer that he may lead a godly life. The Holy Spirit strengthens faith, brings comfort and peace in time of sorrow and distress, enlightens our hearts and mind to understand and apply the truth in Christ and the Bible.

Repentance

We believe that men become children of God by true repentance, turning from sin and turning to Christ as Savior. True repentance results in a changed life. The believer now seeks to live his life according to the will of God.

Faith

We believe that men who have received God’s forgiveness for sin through Christ’s atoning death and triumphant resurrection possess saving faith. The faith is awakened and strengthened by the hearing of the Word of God. Believers strive to express this saving faith through the total commitment of their lives to Christ as Savior and Lord.

The Christian Life

We believe that the Christian life is lived by trust in Christ and fellowship with Him, for He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” The Christian life manifests itself in service to God and service to fellow men of all races and stations in life. It is summed up in the two great commandments: to love God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds; and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is described in the Scriptures as Christ’s body, is composed of all people who have accepted Christ in faith and have committed their lives to Him. In any local community the Church consists of all such people, regardless of the Christian group with which they are affiliated. The Church, spiritually conceived, is a living organism which expresses itself through dedicated Christians in all groups of believers, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the rule of God, which has as its final goal the overcoming of every force which resists God’s will. The Kingdom of God now manifests itself in the spiritual realm through believers, those who have accepted and responded to the claims of God’s Kingdom through Christ. The Church, while not identical with the Kingdom of God, is a present manifestation of it. The Kingdom of God will be consummated when Christ comes again.

Eternal Life

We believe that eternal life begins here in this world, when one comes into a transforming, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It means also life after death for all ages to come. Eternal life further means a certain kind of life, a quality of life which God imparts to those who become children of God. Those who have rejected Christ as Savior and Lord are eternally separated from Christ, and thus are excluded from the everlasting bliss reserved for those who have accepted the love and forgiveness of God, revealed in Christ.