Cook, J. A. Bethune, English Presbyterian missionary to Singapore, born South Shields, England, 1854, died 13 July 1926.

Inspired by Livingstone and educated at Westminster College Cambridge, in 1881 Cook was appointed by the English Presbyterian Church to work amongst Singapore Chinese. He arrived in Singapore in 1882 after language study in South China, and guided the emerging Chinese Presbyterian churches growing through migration and conversion. He established new congregations and expanded the dialect groups involved. Committed to “three-self” principles he established a Presbyterian synod in 1901. He conveyed meetings of Protestant missionaries in Singapore, was a leader in moral and temperance movements and anti-opium campaigns, and wrote for the Christian and secular press. His Sunny Singapore was published in 1907. He retired in 1924.

John Roxborogh