Dr. David Cole

Dr. David Cole

Provost | CAO | Dean of Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies


Serving as a facilitator and a bridge to persons and communities so that they can thrive in their God-given callings in advancement of the Kingdom of God.


  • 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


Have served in various churches as a pastor, staff pastor and youth pastor; have served in several institutions as an instructor and administrator; have served in board leadership and in other capacities for my church family.


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: prounione.urbe.it).
  • “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.


Married to Julie, three decades and counting; four children—Hannah (with Jordan), Abigail (with Jeremy), William, Deborah (with Derek); five grandchildren (Asher, Elynora, Abel, Charles, Cornelia).


I love Jesus’ prayer in John 17:23, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  The way we come together has such a direct bearing on our success in fulfilling the Great Commission—this never ceases to inspire and challenge me.


I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my wife, children (and their spouses), and grandchildren, whether it’s going to ballgames, listening to music together, gathering around some good food, or supporting their interests and ministry pursuits.  I also love traveling to and exploring places of historical significance.


I am thrilled and honored to serve alongside amazing, committed individuals who support the unique vision of offering a new generation of students an excellent education that makes room for a Spirit-empowered experience in the context of partnership with a dynamic and healthy resource church.

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Ph.D. in Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary

M.Div. in Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary

M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies

Oral Roberts University

B.A. in New Testament

Oral Roberts University