Steven J. Cole

Pastor Emeritus

member since 1992

Steve served as senior pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through December 2018. 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. Several of his sermon series are available in either paperback or Kindle on In retirement, he is working on adding more to the list.

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,  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 ten 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 southeast Asia with their two daughters, where they serve on a team seeking to reach a large unreached people group.

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.

Steve is now available for speaking at churches, Bible conferences, men’s retreats, etc. You can email him at

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

Pastor Cole and Family 2014
Pastor Cole and Family 2014