Pastor Cole is originally from Charlotte, NC where he was born and raised. He moved to the mountains in 2007 to attend college at Brevard College. He met his wife, Lindsay Altizer, playing tennis at Brevard. Cole and Lindsay moved to Tuscaloosa, AL where Cole worked and they both received Masters degrees.
Pastor Cole started ministry in 2014, serving a church in Fayetteville, GA while attending seminary at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In 2016 the Altizer’s moved back to the mountains to serve two churches in Rosman and Brevard, NC. Cole’s most recent appointment before Maggie Valley UMC was in Charlotte as the Associate Pastor for Providence UMC’s Contemporary Worship service.
Cole and Lindsay are thrilled to be living in the mountains of Western NC again. They feel like Maggie Valley is home. They are hopeful and excited for the ministry in Haywood County and beyond as they serve alongside the folks at Maggie Valley UMC.
Cole and Lindsay welcomed son James in 2021! They love to play golf, tennis, hike, and play with their dog Aly and cat Raya. Pastor Cole is passionate about being the church in a world that needs the great news of God’s love for all people.