Meet Our Pastors

Rev. Dr. Eric Cole serves as Senior Pastor of Shalom Community Christian Church, Greensboro, NC which he started in November, 1999.

He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga; a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University; a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, and has completed all coursework for the Doctor of Philosophy degree from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Cole is also currently the Faith Community Liaison with the Guilford County School (GCS) System having responsibility to assist the faith community address academic, cultural, health, and social challenges faced by GCS students. He also teaches Christian Leadership and math at Laurel University and is math tutor for GCS. He is formerly the Director of the Religion Department at Bennett College where also served as the Interim Chair of the Math/Computer Science Department, math professor, and the President of the Faculty. He has corporate work experience at Glaxo Pharmaceutical Company (now GlaxoSmithKline) where he served as a statistician, human resources supervisor, and manager of the medical education department. Lastly, he is the author of the following books, "Victory in the Midst of Adversity" and "Are you Ready for a Miracle?"

He currently serves on the Executive Committee Board for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. He was the former Board Chair of Family Promise of Guilford County and Summit House, Inc. He has served on numerous boards including American Red Cross, Greensboro Urban Ministry, and Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Pastor Cole has a passion for social justice as evidenced when he and a deacon from the church spent the night on the streets of Greensboro in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing the homeless in the community. As the result of that experience, his insights have been helpful in assisting the city to address a number of the issues surrounding homelessness.

Pastor Dionne Cole serves as Pastoral Administrator at Shalom. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park.

She has worked in consumer marketing for over 20 years for companies such as Reckitt & Colman, Nabisco, and Kraft Foods. She has been actively involved in multiple capacities for the past 30 years in churches ranging in size from 15 to over 25,000 members.

Their passion for teaching the Word of God and desire to see the people of God live according to the Word is evident in all they do. They are committed to modeling God’s love in ministry, marriage and the mission to which God called them.

They live in Gibsonville, North Carolina; have two daughters, Erica Lynn Cole and Andrea LaNiece Cole, and two Akitas named Duke and Prince Cole.

 


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