Cork first arrived in the country of the Netherlands in 1976
to minister to US Air Force personel stationed at Camp New Amsterdam.
He was approved as the first Baptist Bible Fellowship missionary to the field of the Netherlands in May 1979. Cork graduated from the mission course of Baptist Bible College in 1976. He served his internship at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, where he was also ordained. Cork's first wife Teri passed away in March 1997 after a lengthy illness. Cork was remarried to Miss Ruth Switzer in August, 1998. The Albrights have three children by Cork's previous marriage.
Who Are They
Cork was saved and baptized in the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Soest, the Netherlands while serving 4 years in the US Air Force. In January 1974 he entered Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, graduating from the Missions course in May 1976 later receiving an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in May 2006.
Cork returned to pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church in Soest, ministering to 1000 military men and their families in August 1976. The church grew in attendance from 34 to average over 100 each Sunday. After more than 20 years of ministry the drawdown of US military forces in Europe has caused this church to be disbanded.
While ministering to the military, Cork became convinced of God's calling to reach the Dutch for Christ. In May 1979 he was approved as the first Baptist Bible Fellowship missionary to Holland.
Teri, Cork's first wife, passed away in March 1997 after a lengthy illness.
Cork was remarried to Miss Ruth Switzer born in Frankfurt, Germany on December 22, 1954. Ruth was saved and baptized in 1969 in the Calvary Baptist Church of Fair Haven, New York.
Ruth accepted Christ as her Savior as a 15 year old teenager.. After graduating from high school in 1972, she attended and graduated from Practical Bible Training School, in Johnson City, New York. In August 1975 she moved to Pensacola, Florida to begin an eleven year teaching career at Pensacola Christian Academy. In her fifth year of teaching she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pensacola Christian College. From 1986 through 1989 she continued to teach later changing careers to the secretarial field. Ruth enjoyed being the church secretary at Community Baptist Church for five years. She then held a two year position as Confidential Assistant to the Vice President of Development at Clearwater Christian College before leaving America to go to Landstuhl, Germany to supervise the 8th-12th grade ABeka Video School at Rheinland Christian Academy, Landstuhl, Germany for two years. The summer before her last year at RCA she met Cork Albright at a singles’ retreat in Switzerland where Cork was the speaker.
She and Cork Albright were married August 8, 1998 at Community Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida.
Ruth has learned the Dutch language and enjoys giving ladies’ Bible studies and working with children alongside her husband in their church planting ministry. The Albright's have three children by Cork's previous marriage.