I joined Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International (FGBMFI) in 1974. During my 36-year membership with FGBMFI, I had the opportunity to serve in every chapter office - as a field representative and as a National Director. It was my honor to be the last National Director of FGBMFI appointed by Demos Shakarian. In 2010, I moved my affiliation to Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in America (FGBMFAmerica™). Since joining FGBMFAmerica, I have served as a National Director for the State of Oklahoma. I have also been privileged to serve as the National Administrator for the last three years.
Professionally, I am involved in the business of commercial real estate appraisal and consultation. I began my career in 1976 as an associate with my father's appraisal company. In 1985 I acquired the company from my parents. During my more than 30 years as a commercial real estate appraiser, I have had the opportunity to work for individuals, small companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and local, state, and federal government agencies. I have also recruited and trained numerous individuals. Many of these individuals have gone on to establish their own companies or are successfully employed in other areas of real estate development and/or finance. I have professionally served in several capacities at the local, state, and national levels within the appraisal industry.
One of my greatest delights is to see the success of individuals I helped along the way to establish their careers or their positions with in FGBMFAmerica™.
National Executive Vice President
As a member of the NEC, I have the opportunity to wear several hats but perhaps one of the most active roles is that of National Events Director. After joining the International Fellowship in 1988, I attended my first World Convention in 1992 held in San Francisco where I got hooked in the ministry of helps. I was one of two volunteers assigned to stuffing registration envelopes.
My responsibilities have changed over the past 27 years as a planner and coordinator, but one point has remained clear- serve with a spirit of excellence as unto the Lord. I have had the privilege to serve with others who also hold this value dear. Men and women with a servant’s heart who volunteer year after year, giving of their time and resources to produce an event that is pleasing to the Lord. Our desire is to create an atmosphere where “whosoever will” can be drawn into the presence of the Holy Spirit and their lives changed wonderfully for eternity. We’re also called to minister to hotel personnel wherever we go.
My service in the Fellowship has had an everlasting impact on my life. I joined associations in the hospitality industry which gave me insight on the many event planning components including contract negotiations, site selections and best overall values.
But I believe my commitment strengthened when I transitioned to Full Gospel America in 2009. As a businessman, I have been able to hone administration skills that may have otherwise remained dormant. There have been challenges but working with like-minded men of faith gives me hope for the future. Far and wide, I’ve had the opportunity to build relationships and yet nurture close ties with friends who have chosen to serve in the army of the Lord- the Fellowship. We are family!
In his book, The Vision Intensified, Demos Shakarian writes, “He (God) only needs our willingness to hear and obey His will. The Holy Spirit will supply all the rest. Those are the Spiritual Roots that launched this Fellowship and that’s the Spiritual Truth that will take us into the future.”
Our future is in the hands of the Next Generation, who God has given us a mandate to reach. To do so, we need a few good seasoned men whose dented armor tells stories of the victorious battles along the journey. These would be men, rich with experience, who God may be calling to reveal His purposes and plans in a young man’s life. Is that you?
I graduated from TCU in 1971 with a BBA with a major in Accounting. I began working in Public Accounting in 1969 for local CPA Partnership in Ft Worth, TX and went out on my own in July 1979 when I passed the CPA Exam.
I built my own office in 2000 in North Richland Hills, TX. It presently houses my Public Accounting Practice, the National Office of FGBMFAmerica™, and the ministry office of India Gospel Team Mission.
I have lived on a 5+ Acre piece of heavily wooded property in Colleyville, TX which I have maintained for the past 27+ years with my wife (the love of my life and best friend) of 32 years, Rhonda. We have four happily married children who are all walking with the Lord and 15 Grand Children ages 1 ½-12 years old.
I became a member of FGBMFI in the mid 1980’s and have been a member of the Mid Cities/NE Tarrant County Chapter since then serving in all the offices and have been President for the past 15+ years. My wife and I have worked closely with Roy Brian since the mid 1990’s heading up Registration and counting offerings at FULL GOSPEL Conventions both Int’l and beginning in 2011 FG America.
I have been National Treasurer of FGBMFA since Peter Reding’ s passing in early 2016 and moved the National Office of FGBMFA™ previously located in Portland, OR to my office building in NRH, TX in 2017.
I have been an active Board Member of India Gospel Team Mission for the past 15+ years and have been to India twice as part of the Ministries Construction of the Southern Asia Leadership Institute campus and Bible training center in Southern India.
I am one of the founding organizers/participants in the Great State Fair of TX Gospel Outreach which for the past 17 years has sponsored a Soul Winning Booth at the State Fair of TX at which thousands of lost souls have found JESUS and have consistently (excepting one year when I was recovering from an appendicitis) been the Day Leader on the first day of the Fair.
The Lord became my Lord in the Spring of 1973 and I was Baptized in His Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in Tongues at Bedford Methodist Church in 1974.
My wife and I are presently attending Irving Bible Church in Irving, TX
Akinyemi Lapinni is a nonprofit development consultant, humanitarian volunteer, a lead trainer with international development partners, a serial entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Director of World Changers Development Initiative. His work encompasses ministry, entrepreneurship and business as a mission.
Akinyemi has over 26 years of ministry experience in teaching, preaching, discipleship and counseling in church and major prisons in Nigeria where he has impacted thousands of inmates in outreaches, medical missions and has witnessed salvation and healing of inmates. His life passion and calling are to raise a generation of global change makers who will impact humanity.
My name Robert Cook, my birthday is July 7th and I am 70 years old. I have three sons, all married, five grandsons, one granddaughter (married) and one great grandson born on July 24th, 2018. For the last fifteen years I have been self-employed in the lawn care business. Prior to that I worked in sales administration for several companies in the office equipment industry. I have been a bi-vocational pastor for the past 40 years.
A Full Gospel Business Man prayed for me to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the dining room of his home in North Augusta, SC. I have served the local chapters as treasurer, vice president and president. I am currently president of the Augusta Chapter 102, vice president of the Georgia Men's Advance, National Director for South Carolina and Assistant National Secretary for FGBMFAmerica™. I am also involved in the prison ministry through FGBMFAmerica™ and was instrumental in getting a chapter established behind the walls at the Augusta State Medical Prison in Grovetown, GA.
My fellow national directors and the leadership of the Augusta Chapter stood by me, encouraging and praying with me through a very difficult time from August 2011 through April 2013. There prayers, support and encouragement meant more to me than words can ever adequately express.