Cole's home, growing up, was in the Rocky Mountains in northwest Montana. He attended Jamestown College where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration and worked summers at Camp of the Cross in Garrison. After college, he worked as a Youth Director at Lord of Life Lutheran in Bismarck, and then went to seminary in 2008 to become a pastor. He served 5 years in Powers Lake and Rural Kenmore at the United as One Lutheran Parish before coming to Metigoshe in the summer of 2017.
Cole and his wife Carrie were married in 2007, and have three sons. They enjoy spending time together as a family, especially while camping or playing outdoors.