Sheriff’s Deputy Chosen to Head Prince of Peace Baptist Church

Reverend Paul Cole Selected as Interim Pastor

The Prince of Peace Baptist Church is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Cole as the new interim pastor of their church in Fallston. Pastor Cole, 47, of Bel Air, was recently selected by members of the church to assume the position of Interim Pastor and conducted his first service on May 30, 2004. Although a member of Emmorton Baptist Church in Bel Air for ten years, Pastor Cole had conducted services at Prince of Peace Baptist Church on several occasions when the church was without a Pastor. As a result of his pulpit supply ministry at Prince of Peace, Pastor Cole said he was asked if he would be interested in the Interim Pastor position and then was interviewed by the congregation. He was contacted on May 23, 2004 and offered the position.

Pastor Cole is a Bel Air native who has been married to his wife Marcia since 1979. He has two children, Paul, a senior at Harford Christian High School and Katie a senior at Towson University. He has been employed full-time with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for over 25 years and has worked such assignments to include Patrol Services and as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. Currently, Pastor Cole is a Sergeant responsible for providing security to the Harford County Circuit Courthouse, the States Attorney’s Office, and the several hundred visitors who do business there each day.

Pastor Cole attended local schools graduating from Bel Air High School in 1975 and completing his B.S. Degree at the University of Baltimore in 1981, He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Theology at the Landmark Baptist College. Along the way he has completed courses of study at the Liberty Home Bible Institute in Lynchburg, Virginia and the Emmorton Baptist Bible Institute in Bel Air. He has served four years as a Deacon and taught Sunday school to children and adults and has been called upon to preach at several different churches and nursing homes.

Pastor Cole explained, as a child he grew up at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at Main St. and Broadway in Bel Air where his dad served as Pastor for many years. Prince of Peace Church was originally built as an Episcopal Church in 1908 because area residents were not permitted to park their horse and buggies at Emmanuel Episcopal. In 1997, the Bel Forest Baptist Church purchased Prince of Peace to serve as a mission church for their congregation. Cole, who has been attending Emmorton Baptist since 1994, says the steeple from the old Emmorton Baptist Church was recently removed and transferred to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. It is interesting how it all ties together, Cole said, adding that, “It is an honor to be chosen as their Pastor and I am looking forward to this new ministry”.

“Our goal at Prince of Peace is to preserve and promote a spirit of brotherly love”, Pastor Cole said. He invites all who would like to worship at Prince of Peace to attend their Sunday Services. Sunday School begins at 10am and AM Worship and celebration begins at 11am.

Press Release

June 21, 2004