Mr. Justin Cook

Adjunct Lecturer in Education


Programs: Education


M.A (Cand.) Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, ON.

OCT (Ontario College of Teachers) Certification, 2001.

Education Certification (1996), Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI.

B.A. (Hons) 1995, English, Redeemer University, Ancaster, ON.


  • Teaching Music (JI) (EDU-222)
  • Project Based Learning (EDU-404)
  • Teaching History (JI) (EDU-438)


Justin attended Redeemer University (B.A. Hon. in English) and Calvin University for his professional education certification, which led to becoming an Ontario Certified Teacher. In addition to teaching as a adjunct lecturer in the education department, Justin is the Director of Learning for Edvance Christian Schools Association, supporting schools to develop a learning vision that helps students to thrive as engaged citizens committed to their local communities and rooted in a vision of the interdependence and right-relatedness of all things through Christ’s reconciling reign. This desire to engage with students in purpose and hope for the future has connected Justin with Christian Deeper Learning colleagues and speaking engagements across Canada, the United States, and internationally. 

At home, Justin and his wife Rachel (and their three beautiful children!) love trying to live intentionally in their neighborhood: sharing and restoring a multi-unit house, practicing hospitality, walking to church, and feasting with friends. Justin is currently an M.A. candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.

Research Interests

  • Project based learning
  • Christian deeper learning
  • Relationality and social-emotional learning
  • Narrative 

Recent Publications

“Deeper Learning in Christian Schools: Deeper Learning into What?” The Christian Teachers Journal November 2018 (reprinted with permission from CEJ). 

“Deeper Learning in Christian Schools: Deeper Learning into What?” Christian Educators Journal: October 2018. Co-authored with Darryl DeBoer

“Learning in the Courtyard of the Gentiles: Ethos and Pedagogy for Healthy Faith Development in Christian Schools” Christian Educators Journal: October 2014.

“Project Based Learning: Culture Making for Shalom Communities.” Christian Educators Journal: February 2013.

 “’Awake. Love. Think. Speak.’: A Narrative Foundation for Secondary School English Curriculum.” Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 15(2), 2011.