"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."
Jalima N. Cook is a preacher, author, entrepreneur, and founder of “Finding Me Ministries” - an outreach and empowerment ministry for women. Growing up in the city of Philadelphia, Jalima was raised in a single-parent home by her mother with three of her siblings; an older brother and 2 younger sisters. Statistically, the odds were against Jalima, but God shielded her and brought her success.
After graduating from High School, Jalima enrolled in Millersville University, seeking her Bachelor’s in English and minor in African American Studies. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, her goal was to attend law school; however, God had another plan. At a young age, Jalima accepted Jesus Christ into her heart, but it was not until college that Jalima became completely dedicated to serving God. A few short months after her father's unexpected passing, Jalima heard the voice of God calling her to the preaching and teaching ministry. To become better equipped in fulfilling this call, Jalima began the pursuit to earn her Master’s degree by enrolling in Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary but later decided to transfer to Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University to complete her degree. She completed her degree in 2012 - graduating with her Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in Professional Ministry. Jalima has served as a minister, a Small Group Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Associate Pastor. She and her husband have served in ministry together for over 15 years and are currently in the process of launching their first church in the Kansas City Metro.
Outside of her pastoral roles, Jalima has a keen gift in administration and has served various faith-based businesses and entrepreneurs. Jalima is known for her ability to see the bigger picture. You will often catch her teaching (and preaching) on the message of vision, something she is very passionate about. She co-founded, alongside her husband, 22Vision Consulting Group. Together, they work alongside individuals & faith-based organizations to assist in the fulfillment of the God-given vision of these businesses and organizations. #NOEXCUSES is Jalima's commitment to life!
Jalima challenges people to seek God’s purpose for their life. Using her testimony and personal story, Jalima spreads the love of Christ to all those she encounters. She lives her life with the mindset that EVERYTHING she does, she does it unto the Lord.
More About Me
Not that the "Me" in my bio wasn't enough, but I just wanted you all to know me on a more personal level too.
As you read above, I am a proud PHILLY native from the West Oak Lane area of the city; however, my husband, me, and our four children currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri. We moved here about 5 years ago to serve a local church as Associate Pastors.
I am a lover of music and dance. I love all forms of music, but I have a heart for teaching various forms of praise dance. For relaxation, a cup of smooth dark roast coffee with vanilla almond milk creamer is my go-to, along with a great book and some good ole mommy quiet time in my chair looking at the sky... Yes, I know that was quite specific (haha), but I know what I like. I love running and have completed a few local races: 3 Thanksgiving Day 5Ks and 4 Philly Broad Street Runs (10 miles). My plans for the upcoming year include completing a half marathon and training to do the Disney run - A HUGE DREAM OF MINE!
I also have a huge love for reading and writing that some people deem "weird," but hey, what can I say? I love the English language and the art of using it. Writing is often my outlet for what's happening in my life - a discipline I learned in graduate school. This love opened the door for me to be invited to be a co-author for an anthology project called "Let The Daughters Arise Vol. 2"! My first writing project as a co-author and the book was an Amazon Best Seller! God is so good! I am currently in the process of writing my first solo book, with a goal to have it published before the end of the year - pray with me y'all! I am sincerely grateful for this gift God has placed in me to write.
Last but not least, I have been married for almost 15 years to my best friend and college sweetheart, Eric Cook Jr. We have been blessed with 4 wonderful children who I affectionately call my 4Cookiez and my miracle babies: Moriya, Noah, Nathan, and Mikayla. Oh, and let's not forget Cookie, our little Cavapoo fur baby. We are a FUN family and laughter is something that often echoes from our home. We love to take long road trips back home to Philly and to our favorite vacation destination - DISNEY WORLD. You learn to fall in love with long road trips when you have a family of 6 (haha).
Well, that's all I have for now. Stay tuned because our life is ever-changing and I know we have some big things on the horizon!
TO BE CONTINUED.......