Steven J. Cole

Teaching Pastor

member since 1992

Steve has been the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship since May, 1992. From 1977-1992 he pastored Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and California State University, Long Beach (B.A., philosophy, 1968 [back in the middle ages!]).

Steve’s sermon manuscripts are on this website through, on, and Precept-Austin. His series on Philippians and on James are available in either paperback or Kindle on The older writers who have most impacted his life have been John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, J. C. Ryle, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Jonathan Edwards. Among more recent writers, he has profited from James Boice, J. I. Packer, R. C. Sproul, John Piper, John MacArthur, and others. He also greatly enjoys reading biographies of the great heroes of the faith (all of the above, plus many others; see bibliography of Christian biographies on this site).

Since March 23, 1974, he has been a happy man. That’s the day he married Marla. Their oldest daughter, Christa, is married to Shane, who works in computer systems. They live in Chino Valley, Arizona, and have nine children! Christa home schools the children. Yes, she is a busy woman!

Their second daughter, Joy, is married to Jonathan. She is an artist. They live in Asia with their two daughters, where they are working on learning two difficult languages and adapting to a very different culture.

Their son, Daniel, is a mechanical engineer at W. L. Gore, Inc. here in Flagstaff. He is married to Molly and they have two sons.

Steve and Marla enjoy God’s beautiful outdoors through hiking the many trails around Flagstaff, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and everywhere else they can. On various ministry trips, they have been blessed to hike in places like Nepal, China, South Korea, the Swiss Alps, and Eastern Europe. To see some of their hiking photos, click here.

For some of Steve’s favorite links, please go Here.

Pastor Cole and Family 2014
Pastor Cole and Family 2014