April Cole is a native Odessan and has lived here her entire life. She spent all of her teenage and single years serving and leading teams of students on mission trips to foreign countries. Taking her first trip to Mexico when just twelve years of age was the catalyst of how she would spend over a decade of her life. These summers instilled in her solid biblical truths, teachings, and life changing events that would forever impact the way she sees and does ministry. She is passionate about children making sure they understand that they are the church of today, not the future of the church and that they can also serve the church and the community even at a young age.

April and her husband Garreth met while serving alongside each other during a mission trip to Mexico the Christmas of 2007 and were married eleven months later. They have three beautiful daughter that keep them very busy and always laughing. They enjoy spending time together as a family and playing board games.  April has been the children’s pastor at FUMC since July of 2016.