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.

Statement of Faith

We believe there is one God, the Creator of all things, infinitely holy and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, and He is co-equal with God the Father. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, words, works, death, resurrection, ascension, and the promise of His return. As our Savior and our Lord, Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” He came into the world to provide salvation through faith in Him as Savior and Lord and to restore men and women to fellowship with God.

The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father. The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers the believer to lead a godly life.

The Bible
We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired, infallible, and only authoritative Word of God—supreme and final in its authority in matters of faith and practice.

We believe people become children of God upon true repentance—turning away from sin and to Christ as Savior, receiving God’s forgiveness for sin through Christ’s atoning death by crucifixion.

The Church
We believe the Church is Christ’s body, composed of all people who accept Christ in faith and commit their lives to His Lordship. The Church, spiritually conceived, is a living organism which expresses itself through dedicated followers of Jesus Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Local Church
We believe the local church is where people gather to worship God in spirit and truth, share the good news of Jesus Christ, relate with others, and prepare disciples to fulfill their God-given purposes.

The Christian Life
We believe the Christian life is set apart by trust in Christ, the pursuit of righteousness, and fellowship with Him. We are called to submit daily to Christ, to study His Word, and to repent when we fall short. The two great commandments summarize the Christian life: to love God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds; and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Eternal Life
We believe when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, eternal life begins. Those who reject Christ as Savior and Lord are separated from Christ in eternal punishment.