Steve Cole

Pastor Steve and Karen Cole, are celebrating 40 years of pastoring at First Pentecostal Church of Athens. 

Pastor Cole, is a powerful preacher and teacher with deep revelations due to the considerable time of study and prayer, one of his greatest joy's, is watching men who he has tutored, mature in the ministry. He is very passionate man of prayer, pastoring, and the Word.

Evangelist for seven years, traveled this great country preaching the Word of God with signs following, hundreds received the Holy Ghost, and were baptized in the precious Name of Jesus.

Pastor Cole is Ordained minister, and Presbyter in section (3) of the Georgia district of the united Pentcostal church international.  

Assistant Pastor

Chuck and Brenda Gay

Charles (Chuck) Gay, Jr born in fort Belvore, Va. The son of an Army Master Sergent traveled parts of the world before settling down in Lakeland Fl. Where he met his wife Sis. Brenda while they were in high school in 1979.

Bro. Chuck came into the church in 1996 after prior home bible studes. He was baptised in the lovely Name of Jesus in February 14, 1996, and one week later he recieved the baptism of the Holy Ghost. In 2004 he recieved his local liencse with the UPCI, In 2006 he became a general license holder, and in July of 2009 he became ordained.

He is currently one of the Assistant Pastors, and Youth Pastor at First Pentecostal Church of Athens Ga, under the pastorial leadership of senior pastor B. Steve Cole. 

Sis. Brenda does the Sunday School secretarial work and various other administration duties while serving with her husband.

Bro. And Sis. Gay have 2 children and 5 grandchildren and reside in Jefferson, Ga. on multiple acres in the country with their little dog..

Assistant Pastor

Chris and Vickie Berdon

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Brother Berdon was born and raised in Ronkonkoma, New York (long Island). Moved at the age of seventeen to Tampa, Fl. in 1980.

Lived a rather wild live style until God got a hold of him on May 8th 1988 when God filled him with the Holy Ghost. He felt the call of the ministry early on.  In late 1995 God shared a powerful revelation to him about the Onenness of the Godhead, to which he took on the name of Jesus in water Baptism. After a series of bible studies, when asked when he would be baptized he said, "right now, if its that important, lets do it right now". They gave him a change of clothes, filled up the bathtub, then baptized  him in the Amesome Name of Jesus..

In June of 2000 he married Sis. Vickie, a native of West Virginia, who moved to Athens,Ga, in 1985, God filled Sis. Vickie with the Holy Ghost when she was 14.

In October of 2001, he spoke for the first time a message called "Burden."  Later in 2004, he received his local license with the United Pentecostal Church international. On July 16th of 2015, he received his ordination. 

Brother & Sister Berdon have been under the tutelage and care of B Steve Cole Jr. of Athens First Pentecostal Church, (Vickie) since 1987, (Chris) since 01/1996.

Brother Berdon teaches the Adult Sunday school class, and Sis. Berdon teaches the beginners class ages 6-9.

They reside in Hull Ga, having 5 children, 2 girls, 3 boys, and 8 grandchildren. 


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