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UBA Welcomes Keelan Cook

Keelan CookUBA is excited to welcome Keelan & Meredith Cook to the Houston area. Keelan joined the UBA team as a Senior Church Consultant on February 15. Keelan comes to UBA with broad experience and expertise in areas of research, marketing, publications, missions, and pastoral ministry. Keelan has previously served as a collegiate minister, a journeyman in West Africa, a Research Strategist, an Urban Church Planting Consultant, and a pastor of the Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"From my perspective Houston is one of the most strategic cities in North America for urban missions." First, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the US and is on track to pass Chicago as our third largest city.

Second, that growth is not just any growth. Much of Houston’s growth consists of diverse populations of peoples from all over the world. Hundreds of people groups call this one metro area home, making it one of the most diverse cities in the US. The nations are living in Houston.

Finally, Houston does have healthy churches. No one church can reach a city, but churches partnering together provide a real picture of the kingdom. In a city the size of Houston, the effort is magnified exponentially. For the church universal to make a dent in Houston’s lostness, it will take a cooperative effort of local churches working together to plant more churches in a dozen different languages. That is why I am excited about being part of the Union Baptist Association. UBA has a rich history of cooperative Great Commission ministry with hundreds of like-minded churches serving each other as they serve Christ. There may be no better place than Houston for local churches to take the gospel to the nations and their neighbors at the same time.

As a consultant, I will focus on urban missions. A portion of my work will be dedicated to urban research and developing healthy missiological methods and tools for church planting and revitalization in Houston’s diverse urban areas.

I will be consulting churches for this unique task, helping them think through church health, local planting, and global sending. I am especially excited about aiding local churches in Houston as they consider finding and engaging unreached people groups in their own city.

There may be no better place than Houston for local churches to take the gospel to the nations and their neighbors at the same time.

If you'd like to visit more extensively with Keelan, contact him at keelan@ubahouston.org or at the UBA Offices at 713.957.2000.

Pastoral Leadership

  • Leadership Café - Relational Leadership with Josh Ellis, PhD in Leadership Studies, Tuesday, March 21, 10:00 am to Noon. Details & Registration
  • If Only I'd Known - Building Trust with Phil Reynolds, Senior Consultant with Blanchard Industries, Tuesay, May 2, 9:00 am - Noon in the UBA Offices at 2916 W TC Jester. Register Online.

Church Planting

  • Networks: Explore the diverse church planting networks available in Houston. Find the one that fits for you. (webpage)
  • Online Resources: Explore the UBA Church Planting pages to discover a variety of resources for diverse models of planting churches.

Missions, Ministry & Volunteer Needs

  • Disaster Relief/Recovery efforts in the Houston area as well as throughout the state, the nation, and internationally. (information)


  • BOUNCE! Take your youth on a mission trip this summer! Texas Baptists Bounce Student Disaster Recovery offers the opportunity to assist communities in their efforts to BOUNCE back from devastation after disaster has struck. Check the BOUNCE website for dates and details.