Cole is the senior pastor at Peace Church. He and his wife, Teressa, met during their college years and got married one week after graduation. They have four kids: Micah, Eli, Emory and Adeline. Cole grew up in Buies Creek, NC, went to college at UNC, and worked for 15 years as a campus minister, most recently at Duke University. He received a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte in 2007.