The Rev. David Cooke BA MDiv
Rev. David comes to us from Hamilton, Ontario, where a 150m tall escarpment is called “the mountain,” so he’s pleased to be among real mountains for a change. Before being ordained by Hamilton Conference and coming to Revelstoke, David spent two years as a hospital chaplain at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, working primarily in mental health and addictions. He received his M.Div. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in 2014, and before that received a BA in English literature and creative writing from York University.
David is very passionate about music, having taken up the violin at 5 years old and progressing from there to the viola, singing, and guitar, among many others. These days he mostly plays guitar and sings, and he especially loves Irish folk ballads and/or punk rock. He also has a love of hiking, biking, and canoeing, and over the past years he’s picked up snowboarding and so feels quite at home here. Other interest include video & board games (his favourites are the Dragon Age series, Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons), cooking (he became vegetarian after a short stint working in a meat processing plant when he was younger), and good craft beer (he wishes BC brewers would make more Irish red ales).
David and his husband, Christopher, were married in 2013.
Minister of Music
Marvin Dikau, A.Mus RPR CMP
Marvin has a lifelong passion for music; he began to study of Piano and Theory at age 10 and learned how to play the organ and how to conduct at age 19 under the top teachers of the time. He received his A.Mus in 1972 from University of Alberta. Before coming to Revelstoke, he has been the Minister of Music at churches in Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Kelowna. He has founded and/or directed many choirs, both Church and community, for all ages and voices. He has been Musical Director for many musicals and the organist for the Medicine Hat Tigers hockey team. He has also composed a number of anthems and vocal solos.