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Deerfoot’s Cole to retire after 57 years of ministry comment (0)

January 23, 2014

By Julie Payne

Deerfoot’s Cole to retire after 57 years of ministry

After 57 years of ministry, Tommy Cole, minister of music for Deerfoot Baptist Church, Trussville, will retire Jan. 26.

Cole, whose father was a bivocational music director, said that one Sunday morning while in the choir he felt the call to enter both church and school music. 

At just 16 years old, Cole would fill in for his father when needed and also directed children’s choirs. 

He went on to attend Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, where he earned a bachelor’s in music education in 1961. He would later earn a master’s in music education from the University of Montevallo.

Throughout his career, Cole has served at several Alabama Baptist churches, including as minister of music for First Baptist Church, Attalla; MeadowBrook Baptist Church, Gadsden; Coosa Valley Baptist Church, Rainbow City; and Dwight Baptist Church, Gadsden. He has served as minister of music for Deerfoot Baptist since 2006.

Along with roles in the church, Cole also has served in Attalla City Schools and at Westbrook Christian School in Rainbow City, teaching English, band and chorus. 

“I give my thanks to God who has led me and to the churches and schools that have invested in my life and ministry,” Cole said.

Deerfoot will hold a retirement reception for Cole on Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. At 4 p.m. Cole will provide a brief concert with both vocal and piano solos.

“This church has been one of the most loving churches,” Cole noted of his service at Deerfoot.

Roger Willmore, pastor of Deerfoot, said Cole has brought years of experience, wisdom and an obvious love for the Lord to the congregation. 

“Tom Cole has been a colleague in ministry, but more than that he has been a faithful friend and encourager,” Willmore noted. “He is a consistent, faithful, trustworthy, Christlike servant of God.”

Cole has one son and one grandchild. Cole is available for interim and supply positions as well as revivals. To contact him, call 205-467-3014.

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