Cecil Hook 11.24.1918 – 6.1.2007

June 30, 2007


(Vic, Lea, and Cecil)

Cecil Hook, a champion of grace and unity, has gone to his reward. He will be greatly missed by those who loved and respected him through the years. Though we had never met face to face, I counted Cecil a friend and a brother. Like the change that many of us have gone through, Cecil went from legalism to grace. His ministry has been an encouragement to so many. The following is an interview with Cecil by Fred Peatross.

Cecil Hook was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 24, 1918. He was raised on a cotton farm at Rochester, Texas, during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl days. After graduating from Abilene Christian College in 1941, Cecil began full-time preaching in eastern New Mexico and Sundown, Texas.

Cecil has also served churches in Port Neches, Fort Worth, and Dallas in Texas.

As the years of his ministry progressed, Cecil became increasingly aware of the many misdirections. His conviction to be honest with himself forced him to make drastic adjustments to his teachings. Sharing these new concepts from the pulpit brought thrilling responses from some, but others soon aroused unbearable opposition. By the time of his retirement, he had begun to write and publish his efforts of redirection. Cecil found that thousands of others were questioning traditional beliefs and practices. Cecil says, “God has made exciting use of my unskilled efforts, and he has brought many wonderful people into partnership with me in this ministry.”

(Click here for the rest of the interview)

(For Cecil Web Site and writings click here.)



  1. Bro’ Cecil Hook was a great man of tremendous influence for good to the churches of Christ. He is one of those pioneers who chose truth over tradition and was despised by many so called “brothers” because of it.

    Dr. Leroy Garrett is one of the last living of those brave, good men who came to understand the grace of God and flatly rejected the almost mechanical religion of the traditional church of Christ.

    Thank God for Cecil Hook and every other “change agent” who preaches the unvarnished truth without regard to Restoration tradition. In those many areas where the Restoration Movement reflects the truth of Scripture we rejoice. Where is does not we should reject it completely and unashamedly.

    Grace to you,
    Royce Ogle

  2. Well said Royce! Thanks and Amen.

  3. I never met this brother, but I wish I had!

    Thanks for sharing his legacy with us.

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