About Pastor Dan Cole
Pastor Dan was born in Spokane, WA. For 8 of his childhood years, his parents were missionaries in the South American countries of Bolivia and Chile, where he grew up speaking and attending school in Spanish. Those years not in South America, the family spent in a variety of locations in the great Northwest.
Dan received his undergraduate degree in theology from Walla Walla University, where he met his wife, Julene. The two were married soon after graduation, and moved to Berrien Springs, MI where he earned his Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. Dan has been a pastor for 22 years in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He has managed a Low-Power Christian radio station, as well as owned and operated an auto dealership. Dan and Julene have 3 children: Michael (21), Krystin (19), and Sarah (age 14).
Pastor Dan enjoys boating, hiking, cars, family, and connecting with people. One of his favorite activities is studying the Bible with those who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God.
About Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to enhance quality of life for people everywhere and to let people know that Jesus is coming again soon.
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything—the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us—is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.