Leaders

Jay and Christine Cookingham

Jay and Christine

Jay’s Story

Jay Cookingham is lead pastor at BBCC. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, his family now resides in Hyde Park, a town his family appreciates because of its beauty and rich history. Jay and his wife, Christine, have five boys and two girls and have been married for 32 years. Jay is passionate about his relationship with God and with the members of his family.

Jay’s creative outlets include art, graphic design, and writing. A published author, his work can be found in the following books; God’s Way for Fathers, God’s Ways for Teachers, God’s Way for Christmas, Smiles for Dads, Soul Matters for Men, The Rainy Day Book, A Man of Honor and God Makes Lemonade series. He is also the founder of “Strategic Fathering“, a ministry outreach to men. Jay has been a guest speaker at Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences. He also hosts ManUp Moment, a two minute radio spot heard on the Sound of Life Radio Network and Men Living Up Radio.

 Mike and Patty Haas

Mike and Patty

Mike’s Story

If you were to ask Mike about his life he would first tell you how blessed by God he has been with a wonderful wife of 40 years, 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  Of great importance to him is his spiritual legacy.  His three boys know the Lord, along with their beautiful wives, and are training up their children in the way they should go.  He regularly thanks God for this.  Prayer is very important to Mike’s heart and praying for his family has become a good habit  that comes very naturally to him.

Leading others to the Lord is also his heart’s desire.  As a member of the Gideons for almost 20 years, he does prison ministry supplying hundreds of Bibles each year to inmates one by one.

His love of teaching was fulfilled in a public school teaching career for 37 years.  He looks forward to and relishes continuing this now in a spiritual area in lots of different ways.

Like many men, Mike’s relaxation outlet comes in sports.  He enjoys playing on two softball teams and loves to watch a Jets football game.   In the past, he coached soccer and baseball for his sons’ teams and worked as a basketball and field hockey referee after school.  If there are sports in heaven, he’ll meet you on the field.

 

Patty’s Story

To tell you a little bit about myself, I would first tell you how blessed by God I am to be married to my wonderful husband of 40 years, to have three grown sons and eight grandchildren.  My three sons know the Lord along with their lovely wives with whom God has blessed them, and they are training up their children in the ways of the Lord—as the bible tells us, “in the way they should go that they might not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)  I am truly thankful to God for these precious blessings and eternal treasures.

I grew up Catholic and Jesus was very much a part of my life early on but it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s suffering with depression after my third son was born that I came to a deeper relationship with the Lord.  As time progressed, this developed into a passionate love for the truths of God’s Word and the freedom to know Him better.

My husband and I have a heart for bringing people into the love and freedom of true life in Christ Jesus.

Out of zeal and love for the illumination of the truth, it is my heartfelt prayer and deepest hope to share the importance of knowing, loving, and embracing the Truth, Who is Christ Jesus, that we may be a pillar and foundation for the Truth.  (1Timothy 3:15)

 

Barry & Susan Willhite

Barry and Sue

Bio to come!

 

Tim and Ginny Millard

Tim and Ginny

Tim, founding pastor at BBCC, was a career public elementary school teacher in Hyde Park until his retirement in 2000. At that time he had just completed his formal studies in Christian ministry, receiving a Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Life School of Theology. After serving as Associate Pastor, Tim and his team planted a church in Hyde Park which was subsequently merged with another one out-of-town. Being called to Hyde Park, Tim and Ginny decided to stay in their community, and they opened a home church. In March of 2008, this group formed Bridge Builders Community Church.

Ginny spent her working career in the Medical Records Department at St. Francis Hospital and then as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Vassar-Warner Home for the elderly in Poughkeepsie. She took time off to have three children who are now all married and have provided five grandchildren. She has served in various ministry capacities. Both Ginny and Tim are trained Stephen Ministers as well as Restoring the Foundations counselors.

4 thoughts on “Leaders

  1. Thank you for sharing your testimony, and creating the strategic fathering website. I was just telling my husband that Learning to be parents is tough and It’s hard to find men who teach young men to be fathers. I’m really interested on how you balance family life and ministry. I would love to hear… God bless you and your wife. Take care

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Balance comes when my wife and I communicate about all the needs that we handle as parents, spouses and ministry. Then we pray for God to help us and gives us wisdom on how to be present in all those areas. Hope that helps answer the question, God Bless!

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