Pastor Steve Cole
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Steve Cole’s Retirement Party

If you missed Steve’s retirement party, you missed one of the best events in the history of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship!  What a wonderful, special and blessed evening!  Preston Korn did the planning and organization.  We had a delicious meal, catered by Simply Delicious, (well named).  The entire sanctuary was packed with not a seat left.  The tables were perfectly done, with Steve and Marla in mind, with burlap and navy runners and a centerpiece of local greenery and pine cones.  All three of Steve and Marla’s children spoke, Christa, and Daniel, with Joy sending a video from overseas.  The college group acted as servers for the meal.  People on Steve’s sermon list sent notes of appreciation and those ran on the overhead before and during the meal.  Those in attendance brought cards and gift cards.  Preston and his Mailynn created a game called, “How well do you know Pastor Cole?”   It was hilarious!   The speakers were short and sweet, Ron Talbott, an elder on Steve’s original search committee, Stan Johnson our associate pastor who retired last year, worship leader Bo Gonzalez and our new pastor Dave Berry.  Steve spoke for a few minutes as well.  My favorite part of the evening? Watching all those men cry! 

Julie McDonald

Comments (9)

  1. Wow, I will really miss Steve, I used to think that the western world had abandoned the faith they brought to Africa, not until I heard Steve’s messages. God bless you for your steadfastness. I wish you many more beautiful years ahead.

  2. Just wanted to leave a message saying that I really appreciated Pastor Steve’s messages. I found him on, and I really like how he goes through whole books of the Bible. His sermons really helped me as I study God’s Word. I’m a little sad that he retired (since I would like to hear more of his sermons), but I’m sure it’s well-deserved. God bless you, Pastor Steve! Thank you for staying true to the Word when you preached.

  3. I have been away from Flagstaff for 8 years now, but attended FCF for many years – and will always cherish the messages that Pastor Cole delivered – God used him in many ways to strengthen my faith and my heart. Praying for God’s abundant blessings on Pastor Cole and his wife as they enjoy their retirement.

  4. Pastor Steve is my older brother and I have always loved and admired him! Thank you, Flagstaff Christian Fellowship, for all the love that you shower on Steve and his family; specifically for the special retirement party you gave him! Wish I could have been there! He, Marla and their extended family are truly blessed to have FCF as their church home! Look forward to praising our Lord together with you all next time I’m in Flagstaff. Blessings, Becky Cole Eisemann

  5. Thank you steve, for your life changing class on calvins institutes. My life forever changed. 1999/98. You are Gods best. I hope your replacement is reformed so he can stand in your shoes. Love you, maureen
    Never forget.

  6. Thanks to I have been blessed by Pastor Steve’s messages. They have been instrumental in my Bible teaching to older adults. Pastor Steve is to be admired for his sound exegesis along with thorough research into the writings of Lloyd-Jones, Calvin, Spurgeon, Edwards, and a number of other pillars of the faith. May God continue to bring blessings upon him and his family.

  7. Hi Pastor Steve, I’m from the Philippines but have migrated from Canada this year. I thank the Lord for your life and His Word spoken through you. It has nurtured me as a believer and a minister. Your sermons, especially your series on Hebrews and Ephesians, are my favorite because it was during those times that I was looking for references for my series that I met yours. It was like meeting someone who affirmed God’s messages to me. So, it was awesome! May you know Him more. May your ears be more attentive to Him. May people behold more of Him in and through you.

  8. Hi Ps Steve
    I’m from Australia discovered you on bible org 4 years ago I was 21 and have been listening to your sermons since. Bitter sweet to see you’ve retired thank you for the good works you’ve done and for sharing the gospel of God, through you i’ve gained a deeper understanding on many stories and lessons in the bible and learned how to implement them practically in my life. Praise God! Take care 🙂

  9. I recently came across your sermons on, and I am so thankful for them! I am writing out the books of 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John in a journal, and your sermons have been such an encouragement. I often share them on my Facebook hoping others will click on them, so that others will come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. God bless you in your retirement! Enjoy all those grandchildren, what a blessing!

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