INDIANAPOLIS – A native of California with family roots in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Sara Cook was commissioned as a missionary during the Ordination-Commissioning Service Saturday morning. This was a new addition to the service. Previously, missionaries were commissioned together at a General Board of Global Ministries meeting in New York City.

Cook is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as director of Compass, a family and community initiative of the East Belfast Mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

She said, “In my early 20s and 30s, I was privileged to be able to study and work in Northern Ireland. These experiences have seasoned my faith with concerns for reconciliation and social justice. My current work with East Belfast Mission provides me with a challenging and invigorating environment in which to practice and develop my faith.”

She is married to Mark William McCleary. The couple have two young children: a newborn daughter, Emme, and a 2-year old son, Cormac.