Jason was born and raised in Birmingham, AL before moving to Suwanee, GA where he would finish high school. Upon graduation, Jason signed a football scholarship at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he would be a 4 year starter and 4 year letter winner at Fullback. Though raised in a home that taught him to love and fear God, it was not until his sophomore year at Ole Miss when he began to walk faithfully with Jesus. In 2009 Jason enjoyed a brief stint with the Baltimore Ravens through the pre-season before embracing the call to ministry. Since college, Jason has been actively involved in traveling the country preaching God’s word in demographically diverse environments. He has served as the football team chaplain at Ole Miss and helped plant two churches in Birmingham, AL. Jason holds an M.Div from Beeson Divinity School. He is married to Courtney and they have two children, Charlie and Cager. The Cooks live and breathe discipleship, hospitality, and service. Currently, Jason is the Associate Pastor of Preaching at Fellowship Memphis, in Memphis, TN. Concurrent with this post, he is also an editor with the Gospel Coalition where he contributes to the Faith and Work initiative.
"Last year was my first time going to Men's Conference. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew something in my life had to change. My story isn't that of addiction nor loss, but one of emptiness. Each year on my birthday I take some time and think about where I was last year, were I want to be this coming year, and where I want to be in 5 years. Up until recently I've tried to fill the emptiness with things like; money, material objects, friendships, and career advancements. Nothing seemed to work. I was invited to church by a friend and that was the start of life change for me. I spent that year attending church regularly, volunteering, getting baptized, and attending Men's Conference- where I gave my life to Christ. On my next yearly evaluation [and for the first time ever] I didn't have that sense of emptiness. I will always remember where I was and who I was with when I felt that emptiness being filled. It was during one of the worship sessions at Men's Conference. I knew that surrendering my life to Christ was exactly what I needed to do. I look forward to going again this coming year and meeting those that are in the same place that I was when I first attended." - Mark Siem