Kingdom First Ministries is about placing God’s interest first in the earth, believing that seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness will result in Him adding all things unto us (Matthew 6:33). We do this by serving people for purpose, thus extending the Kingdom of God to the whole earth.
Kevin and Toni Cook
Kevin was raised in Gary, IN. He has been married to Toni since 1985. He served three years in the United States Army. After his service, he and Toni moved to Phoenix in 1988. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in management, and a doctorate in higher education from Arizona State University. He retired from Arizona State University in 2016, after 27 years of service, in the position of Deputy Vice President and Dean of Students. Kevin is one of several founding members of Kingdom First Ministries and serves as the Senior Leader.
Kevin’s desire is to see every person come into such a wonderful relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, that they become extenders of His Kingdom.
Toni was raised in Gary, IN, where she met Kevin at the age of 16. Toni earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Texas, El Paso and master’s degree in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University. Toni has worked in the Glendale Union High School District, Apollo High School, since 1992. She is currently serving in the position of Department Chair for the Counseling Department. Toni is one of several founding members of Kingdom First Ministries.
Toni has a desire that every woman of God knows she has been called to rule and reign in life, through a relationship with Jesus Christ and his boundless grace.
Kevin and Toni have twins, Christopher and Sydni, both of whom graduated from Arizona State University.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors, inspired by the Holy Spirit and completely relevant to our daily lives.
God exists in eternity past, present, and future. God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with each having a distinct function.
God is Spirit. God is light. God is love. God is all powerful. God is all knowing. God is ever present. God is good. God is faithful to his people and promises.
Jesus Christ is completely human. Jesus is completely God. Jesus was crucified and died, buried, and was resurrected from the dead, so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. Jesus is the only way to have a righteous relationship with the Father.
Holy Spirit assures us of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit guides us into all truth and exalts Jesus. Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. Holy Spirit comforts. Holy Spirits gives spiritual gifts. Holy Spirit makes us more like Jesus Christ.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ, as satisfaction of God’s wrath due to our sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human is uniquely created, possessing dignity, and worthy of respect and Christian love.
The Church is the Body of Christ– a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Jesus Christ. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of bringing Glory to Jesus Christ.