A Beautiful Ceremony

"I never felt like I was being married by a stranger, something I feared given the personal nature of our ceremony and surroundings. You became a friend who joined with those with whom we share a history."

Robin & Jerry Hagaman

Resume Rev. Dr. David Cole

2001-2002 Community Ministry, Parrish, Florida

Chaplain Parrish fire station, Volunteer Firefighter, 9/11 prayer service, 9/11 poetic tribute
guest columnist for Tampa Tribune, Bradenton Herald, East Manatee Herald et al.
Board Parrish News, Editor--Parrish People Column, Vice-President PTA, Parrish Civic Assoc.
Sacramental ministry includes weddings, funerals, public prayers, hospital visitation
Tampa Bay Bridal Association Member, Santa at Xmas for underprivileged children

1999-2001 Community Ministry, Dallas, Texas
Interim Chaplain, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, (English Catholic) Dallas, Texas
Pulpit guest for Anglican, Congregational & Christian Churches
Sacramental ministry included weddings, funerals, public prayers, hospital visitation
Christian Chaplain for Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Board Member, National Day of Prayer, Chairman publicity committee
Chaplain, Theodore Roosevelt Society, Dallas Chapter
Guest Columnist, Dallas Morning News

1996-1999 Senior Pastor, Central Christian Church est. 1863, Dallas, Texas
Senior Pastor of Dallas' oldest Christian Church. Brought hundreds of new communicants into fold during tenure, added two Sunday services, enhanced giving & participation. Raised community profile by increasing outreach, special events, ministry programs & media publicity. Special events sample: Scottish Heritage Sunday, Bring-a-friend Sunday, 4th July parade, Dallas Cowboy guest preacher, Christmas Children's service. New ministries included: full-time youth & seniors ministry, college, parenting, college & couples. Opened Covenant Christian Family School in Facility. Mentored by Billy Graham's brother-in-law, the late Rev. Clayton Bell, Pastor, Highland Park Presbyterian.

1995-1996 Pastor, First Christian Church, Richland Springs, Texas
Revitalized small country church by instilling principles of the Great Commission and implementing a physical and spiritual renewal program. Installed new, PA system, extensive signage, wheelchair ramp, windows, visitation program and new hope. Mentored by Dr. Eugene Brice (voted best Disciples preacher in US).

1993-1994 Youth Minister, University Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas
Empowered youth leadership to plan a balanced program of worship, outreach and fellowship events. Led Habitat for Humanity team, ski trip, worship & local missions.

1991-1992 Singles Ministry, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas
Initiated Not Necessarily Single program at church. Arranged social schedule, published newsletter, hosted events, organized trips including camping, river rafting & rock climbing.

1988-1990 Street Ministry, Loaves and Fishes, Fort Worth, Texas
Aided homeless and destitute children of God to find a productive niche in society by providing a free comprehensive resume service. This critical need was observed & fulfilled as a regular volunteer at Loaves and Fishes food bank and soup kitchen.

1986-1992 Project Manager, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Station
Project Manager and System Engineer for critical safety systems around the nuclear reactor. Twice commended for outstanding performance by station manager.

Participated in dedication of downtown monument with George W. Bush. Delivered invocation at Texas Alamo (President George Bush Sr. was awarded the TR Medal of Honor.) Led invocation at Cotton Bowl, Dallas Police Awards, Justinian Award, and other community awards. Granville Walker Preaching Scholar, Honorary Doctorate of Ministry. Invited to World Thanksgiving 2000 reception to meet global representatives of the major religions including His Grace George Carey, Cardinal Arinze and others.

Masters of Divinity, Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School GPA 3.5
Bachelors of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, GPA 3.3
Dulwich College, London, England, advanced level coursework.
Oxford & Cambridge Board Certificate in Religious Education
Corporate courses: Management skills, Managing Unmanageable People, 7 Habits of Highly effective People and other advanced management courses.

Happily married to my adorable wife Holly, with two lively boys, Collin 9, Cameron 6. I am a devoted family man; extroverted, energetic enjoy a host of outdoor activities. Just turning 41, I enjoy people in all circles of life and am active in the community.

References avaible upon request

© 2014 Rev. Dr. David Cole