Pastor Ed Cole

Ed was born in Brownwood, Texas. Both of his grandfathers, E. F. Cole and O. D. Henley were pastors. His parents were Southern Baptist missionaries for a total of 25 years. Ed’s father, Dr. E. Lamar Cole, was a medical missionary and his mother, Oneita was a classically trained pianist who taught music in Mexico. Ed was three weeks old when he was taken to Mexico by his parents, who had already served ten years in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Ed’s father founded the Mexican-American Hospital in Guadalajara. His parents are both deceased.

When his parents arrived in the city of 250,000 there was only a single Baptist church. They started the second Baptist church, IB Emmanuel, along with six others. The IB Getsemani Baptist Church is now one of the largest in the city.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Sonja, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Religious Education from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Ed served as Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas from 1985 to 1987 and started the Hispanic Mission of Cornerstone Baptist, which is now known as El Pueblo de Dios. Ed was pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church in Dallas from 1987 to 1991 and pastor of Iglesia Bautista Trinidad, a mission of Trinity Baptist Church of Dallas, from 1991 to 1994. Ed became pastor of Cockrell Hill Baptist Church in 1994. He has served in that position for 15 years.

Ed Cole has also been a professor at the Hispanic Baptist Seminary Extension in Dallas from 1986 to 2006 and taught at the Hispanic Baptist Theological Institute from 1985 to 2000.

Ed is involved with many church activities. He is well known for helping others, taking various groups to conferences, camps, and other programs. He has led the church through the Experiencing God study of scriptures for evangelism and also taught a seminar on preaching to a group of pastors in Tamasunchale, Mexico.

In 2003, upon learning that the DISD was interested in purchasing the Hampton Place Baptist Church property, he proposed a merger of the two churches. In 2006 he once again proposed a merger, this time with Crestview Baptist Church. Crestview Baptist Church is now a mission under Cockrell Hill Baptist Church.

Ed assisted in starting a Thai Mission with Ponnattee Nittayapume as the pastor. The mission is now located in Arlington. The Lao mission came to CHBC in the merger with Hampton Place. Ed assisted the Laos Mission obtain the donated property previously owned by Grace Baptist Church from Dallas Baptist Association and this has become the Missions new home.

We thank God for the dedication of Ed to Cockrell Hill Baptist Church and the spreading of the Gospel.

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