Remembering Pastor Cole

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Pastor Don Cole and Naomi are With the Lord

On Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, Don Cole, retired Moody Radio Pastor, died at the age of 89 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. Pastor Cole's wife, Naomi, passed away just two weeks later on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the age of 89.

Memorial Facebook Page

If you would like to leave your comments or condolences, or to share a story of how Pastor Cole or his wife impacted your life, you may do so at the Pastor Don Cole Memorial Facebook page

A Broadcast Special "Remembering Pastor Cole"

Please contact your local station for the air date and time of the Moody Radio special "Remembering Pastor Cole". You can also stream the special here.

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It is difficult to summarize the years of faithful service by Pastor Donald Cole to the Church. From 1971 until 2008, he was behind the mic teaching, counseling and leading by example while he worked at Moody Radio. His years of missionary service in Africa provided a unique perspective as he explained what the Bible says and what it means in everyday language for everyday living. In the broadcast special "Remembering Pastor Cole," he presents the clear message of the Gospel through teaching, commentary and answering questions about the Bible and the Christian life. We'll honor a man whose life has been marked by a love for God's word that will leave a legacy of faithful service for years to come.

Memorial Gifts

Don and Naomi Cole’s grandchildren have set a goal to build a school in his name in the Kuito, Angola area. The school will give hundreds of children the opportunity for an education and will keep his memory alive in the place where the Cole family has touched so many. To give a gift for this purpose, go to RISE International website.

Pastor Cole and Naomi always had a heart for the widows and orphans of Angola. A memorial gift given for this purpose will be designated for their support in Kuito, Angola. Checks may be sent to: Christian Missions In Many Lands, P.O. Box 13, Spring Lake, NJ  07762. Please make checks payable to Christian Missions in Many Lands and designate your gift for the Don Cole Memorial Fund.


Cards for the Cole family can be send to: Moody Radio, Attn: Pastor Don Cole Family, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610.


A public visitation for Don and Naomi will be held at Wheaton Bible Church (27W500 North Ave., West Chicago, IL) on Friday, Aug. 31. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and a public memorial service will be held from 2–3:30 p.m. The burial will be private.

About Pastor Don Cole and Naomi (1923-2012)

BI - Open Line bannerNaomi ColePastor Donald Cole was born June 25, 1923. Growing up, he sensed the call of God to the mission field after serving in the South Pacific during World War II. At a mission's conference in Detroit, Mich., he met Naomi. The two were married in 1947 and shortly after headed off to Portugal for language instruction.

From 1948 until 1966, Donald and Noami, along with their children, served Christ as missionaries in Angola, Africa. The Coles' bustling household included Stephanie, Paul and Andrew (now deceased) along with an African daughter, Olga. Upon returning home, Pastor Cole joined the faculty of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque. In recognition of his strong writing skills, he was named editor of Interest magazine.

Donald Cole is perhaps best remembered for his role as Moody Radio Pastor. Many will remember his Christian Perspectives on the News broadcast, his verse-by-verse Bible studies in The Living Word (where he was often joined by Naomi), or—in later years—his insightful commentaries. In a pioneering national Christian radio call-in known as Open Line, he fielded questions about the Bible and the Christian life. The program ran from 1982 until 2008, and Pastor Cole was equally at home talking with skeptics and scholars as well as young children. For his significant contribution to Christian broadcasting, the National Religious Broadcasters awarded Pastor Cole the William Ward Ayer Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and inducted him into the NRB Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1997, after nearly three decades of civil war, letters began trickling in to the Coles from Angola. Wondering if there were any of their old church members yet alive to whom they could still be of service, Pastor Cole (with his son, Andrew) returned to Angola. He was astounded by the devastation that he saw, and returned many times afterward, shipping cargo containers full of much needed supplies. Andrew was so moved that he and his wife, Lynn, formed Rise International, a ministry now building schools in Angola.

Pastor Cole authored a number of books including How to Know You're Saved, All You Need to Believe, Thirsting for God, Basic Christian Faith, Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin?, I Believe..., Christian Perspectives on Controversial Issues and Abraham: God's Man of Faith.