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Dr. David Cole

Dr. David Cole

Interim President | CAO | Dean of Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies

Dr. David Cole currently serves The King’s University in the role of interim president. He also continues in his responsibilities as dean of the Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies and director of the Doctor of Ministry program, and serves TKU as a faculty member in the areas of history and theology.

Prior to arriving at TKU with his family in 2014, Dr. Cole has spent over 25 years in Christian higher education, serving in a variety of faculty and administrative leadership roles, including a decade as a college president.  He also has spent over 30 years in credentialed ministry, serving in youth, associate and senior pastor assignments, as well as in denominational leadership roles.  Dr. Cole also has spent over twenty years serving the Body of Christ in interdenominational leadership efforts, focusing on unity and reconciliation between Christians at theological and practical levels.

Dr. Cole has earned four degrees, including a PhD in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.  His publications include a number of articles and contributions to book publications in areas related to Pentecostal studies, Christian unity, history and theology.  He and his wife Julie have been married for 35 years, and are blessed to enjoy life with a son, three daughters, three sons-in-law and four amazing grandchildren.



  • Ordained:  Open Bible Churches (U.S.) and Open Bible Faith Fellowship (Canada)
  • Member:  Society for Pentecostal Studies
  • Chair, Christian Unity Commission: Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America
  • Pentecostal Co-Secretary:  International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue


Contributions to Book Publications:

  • Theological Editor and contributing author to We Believe: Core Truths for Christian Living, ed. R. Bach, D. Cole, A. Johnson, Des Moines: OBC Publishing (2015).
  • “Forty Years of International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue,” in Renewal History & Theology: Essays in Honor of H. Vinson Synan, edited by S. David Moore and James M. Henderson. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press (2014).
  • “Holy Spirit Empowerment in the 21st Century: Future Ecumenical Challenges,” in Spirit-empowered Christianity in the 21st Century: Insights, Analysis, and Future Trends from World-renowned Scholars, Vinson Synan, ed. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House (2011).
  • Contributing writer to Heart for the Harvest: Stories of Vision, Faith, & Courage. A Biographical History of Open Bible Churches, 1982-2007, Jeffrey E. Farmer and Andrea P. Johnson, eds. Des Moines: Open Bible Churches (2009).
  • “Heritage and Horizons: the Derivation and Destiny of Open Bible Churches,” pp. 157-176 in The Future of Pentecostalism in the United States, Eric Patterson and Ed Rybarczyk, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2007).

Journal Articles:

  • Ecumenical Trends May 1995 “Current Pentecostal/Ecumenical Tensions”
  • Centro Pro Unione Bulletin N. 72 (Fall 2007) “Azusa Street Centennial: Pneumatological Perspective—A Possible Genealogy of the Holy Spirit,” pp. 18-21.
  • Tempi di Unita N. 11-12 gennaio-Giugno 2008 “Prospettiva Pneumatologica una Possible Genealogia delle Manifestazioni dello Spirito” pp. 22-25.

Articles in Reference Works:

  • The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries, ed. George Thomas Kurian and Sarah Claudine Day, Grand Rapids: Baker (2017). “Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR,” and “Open Bible Churches.”
  • Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, ed. S. M. Burgess, New York: Routledge (2006). “Dialogue, Catholic and Pentecostal,” and “Ecumenism and the Ecumenical Movement.”

Contributing author in Dialogue Report:

  • On Becoming a Christian: Insights from Scripture and the Patristic Writings with some Contemporary Reflections. Report of the Fifth Phase of the International Dialogue Between Some Classical Pentecostal Churches and Leaders and the Catholic Church (1998-2006). Published in the Information Service of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, N. 129 (2008/III), pp. 162-215. Also published online at the Centro Pro Unione website:
  • “Do Not Quench the Spirit”: Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church. Report of the Sixth Phase of the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue (2011-2015). Published in the Information Service of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, N. 147 (2016/I), pp. 47-63.

Contact Info


B.A. in New Testament

Oral Roberts University

M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies

Oral Roberts University

M.Div. in Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary

Ph.D. in Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary