Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor Paul & Mandy Cole

Pastor Paul & Mandy Cole

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Paul Cole has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. Paul has   spent most of his life in law enforcement, fourteen years with the Virginia State Police, when called into youth ministry in 2003. In 2012, he answered a call to be the senior minister at Heaton Christian Church. During his youth ministry, Paul attended Covenant Bible College and Seminary, earning two degrees in theology. He has led youth misions over the years that include New York City, Mexico, and to indian reservations in South Dakota and Montana. Paul and his family enjoy many outdoor activities like snow skiing, backpacking, kayaking, scuba diving, motorcycling and mountain biking. He is especially fond of the Roan Highlands and leads a wilderness camp at Appalachian Christian Camp in Unicoi, Tennessee. His passion for motorcycling has expanded into outreach ministries. Paul and Mandy have three children, Austin, who is a graduate at Virginia Tech; Juliana, who married and resides in Avery County with her husband Shea; and Laura, who is a graduate of Avery County High School.