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Pastor Jon Cooke, Senior Pastor

Pastor Jon accepted God’s call to be the Senior Pastor at Discovery Church in April 2014.  Pastor Jon has pastored churches in Washington, Iowa, North Dakota & South Dakota.  He is married to Pam and they have three children and two grandchildren.  Contact Pastor Jon.

Pastor Barry McCormick, Associate Pastor
Pastor Barry accepted God’s call to be a our Interim Associate Pastor in June 2017.   Pastor Barry has pastored churches in Nebraska.  He is married to Ronda and they have three children and five grandchildren. Contact Pastor Barry.
In February of 2014, families began contacting each other seeking a Bible believing, Gospel preaching church. Days later, people met to discuss the beginning of a new church in Yankton, SD. Wintz and Ray Funeral Home offered their facility and over 100 people came together on Sunday, March 2, 2014 for the first Worship Service of Discovery Church. On April 29, 2014, Pastor Jon Cooke accepted the call to become the first Senior Pastor of Discovery Church. On December 14, 2014,  we relocated to our new facility at 205 West 3rd St., Yankton, South Dakota.
Our elder board recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ. Our elder board consists of Pastor Jon Cooke, Don Campbell, Jeff Herron, Dave Hofer & Dean Larson.

We Believe:

IN THE BIBLE, which is inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and our final authority in faith and life. 

IN ONE GOD, who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

IN JESUS CHRIST, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man; who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and whose death made a way for all people to be saved by faith alone in him as Savior; who rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and is presently our High Priest and Advocate. 

IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, who glorifies Christ, convicts and regenerates sinners, baptizes, indwells and seals all believers at the moment of salvation, and fills, guides, instructs, gifts and empowers all believers for worship and godly living. 

IN ANGELS, who were originally created holy but some of which followed Satan and are now fallen. 

IN A FALLEN HUMAN RACE, who, having been created in the image of God, through Adam’s sin and personal wrongdoing acquired a sinful nature and became separated from God without human remedy. 

IN PERSONAL SANCTIFICATION, which occurs at the moment of salvation, daily through the Word and Holy Spirit, and ultimately in the glorified state. 

IN THE SPIRITUAL UNITY of all believers in Jesus Christ, which is his body, the Church. 

IN TWO ORDINANCES, which consist of baptism and the Lord’s Table. 

IN CHRIST’S RETURN, which is imminent, personal, premillennial and pre-tribulational. 

IN THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE, which is between one man and one woman