Norm & Muriel Cook Story & Scholarship

Multnomah University has a mission trip scholarship appropriately named after Norm and Muriel Cook.  They were students in the one-year grad program, returned to Multnomah as faculty after a career in global ministry.  Norm has retired from teaching while Muriel continues as counselor-at-large for the college.  She was born in Foochow, China of missionary parents and is a popular speaker in women’s retreats.  They raised two children, Shelly and Milei, who were born in Taiwan.

The Cooks have 30 years of experience on the mission field.  They served with OC International in Taiwan for 16 years where they preached in villages and schools, taught new believers in mountain areas, and trained nationals for ministry.  They coordinated Billy Graham Crusades in Asia and started a school for teaching the Chinese language.

In 1952, Norm helped to pioneer sports evangelism playing and coaching the teams for 25 years.  This ministry presented the gospel to tens of thousands in Asia, Africa and South America.

Later Norm served as Asia area OC International area and personnel director for 12 years visiting churches, colleges and seminaries across the country.  Dr. Joseph Aldrich, Multnomah president, recruited Norm and Muriel.  For over 20 years Norm taught in the intercultural department at Multnomah.  They still travel the world encouraging and pastoring a new generation of cross-cultural ministers of the gospel.  They often visit Multnomah graduates around the world and help mentor them.

In 1999, the missions endowment was named after them and presented in a chapel during the Global Ministries conference.  Many people have contributed to this endowment.  The supporters of the Cooks were a major part of the contributions to move this endowment to over $150,000.  Only the earnings are used for the scholarships which help support the mission trips of faculty, staff and students.  Already their endowment has contributed nearly $100,000 to sending the Multnomah family out in global ministry.

To find out more information or support the Cook Missions Endowment, please contact Dr. Greg Burch at 503-251-6429 or via email at