Neil Cole is an experienced church planter, author, artist, and pastor, as well as a former ocean lifeguard for Los Angeles County beaches. He is recognized as a key catalyst in the organic church movement and is founder of Church Multiplication Associates (CMA), which has helped to start thousands of churches in fifty states and more than fifty nations in the past thirteen years.
Neil is also an international speaker and has authored the books Organic Church, Cultivating a Life for God, TruthQuest, Search and Rescue, Organic Leadership, Church 3.0, Journeys to Significance, and Primal Fire. He has also coauthored Church Transfusion (with Phil Helfer), Raising Leaders for the Harvest and Beyond Church Planting (with Dr. Robert Logan), and Organic Church Planters' Greenhouse (with Paul Kaak).
Neil has a bachelor's degree in fine art from California State University Long Beach and a master's of divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. His wife, Dana, is an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles.
Neil and Dana live in Long Beach, California, and have three grown children: Heather, Erin, and Zach.