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Honoring Pastor Don Cole

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On Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, Don Cole, retired Moody Radio Pastor, died at the age of 89 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.

Don gave his final commentary in 2010 after 39 years of exceptional service with the Moody Bible Institute (MBI). He will be sorely missed by his many friends at MBI and in our listening family! Pastor Cole’s ministry as program host of Open Line, author and contributor to Today in the Word has had a profound impact on countless people—perhaps even you.

Pastor Cole’s gentle, honest manner made Open Line Bible question-and-answer broadcasts a source of hope for numerous Moody Radio listeners. “He hears them out,” said producer Tricia McMillan. “Most of the time, he hears what they’re really asking—and then doesn’t beat around the bush to give them the answer.”

This personal approach to the program stemmed from Pastor Cole’s belief that radio is a one-on-one connection. “He becomes almost their dad, or their grandpa,” McMillan said. “He becomes that person that they look up to for wisdom. He’s able to touch their hearts and challenge them. He’s been ‘that person’ for a lot of listeners.”

Even young listeners found Pastor Cole could unburden their hearts, often weighed down with heavy (or, entertainingly light) questions. “Over the years, that became an important part of Open Line,” says Pastor Cole. “I enjoyed talking to them.”

From the seemingly insignificant to the seemingly inexplicable, no question was too small, or too big, for a straightforward, biblical answer from Pastor Cole. If the answer was not evident in Scriptures, Pastor Cole was never afraid to say, “I don’t know. I’d never thought about it, but I will try to find out.”

Pastor Cole’s humility and humor were quickly evident when he met listeners. “I’ve walked around campus with him and we don’t get more than 15 feet before someone stops him,” said McMillan. “We’ll walk another 15 feet and someone else stops him…it’s very slow going!”

The Cole family were missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966.

Chris Fabry shares some reflections on his blog page.

Here's a Memorial Facebook Page.

Listen Tuesday, August 7 at 9 p.m. for "Remembering Pastor Cole" on Moody Radio Florida.

You can also stream the special here.

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