Pastor Brian Cole (Knecht) – After 30+ years involved in Satanism and the occult, 27+ years of incarceration (4 as a juvenile, 23 as an adult), 25+ years as a drug addict, and caught up in many other addictions such as cutting, pornography, sex, dungeons and dragons, etc., in 2009 after being suicidal and almost succeeding on 3 occasions, I was arrested for the last time! At the age of 44 I had finally “come to myself,” and through a faith based drug and alcohol program offered in the County Jail, I came to know the Truth of Jesus Christ and was born again on January 22, 2009, being radically saved by the very same God I had denied for so many years! For more info on my testimony click here:
Since then God has used my past for His glory (Rom. 8:28), and has used me in many ministries which He has put in my path. I have never pursued any of the ministries I am currently involved in; the Lord asked if I would go and I went. The last thing I thought I would be doing after 27+ years behind the walls is going back to them! But within 2 years after my release the Lord asked me to go back in! I did, and have been part of prison ministry (weather solo or part of Prison Fellowship and Good News Jail and Prison Ministry) since 2012. I have been part of a biker ministry since 2011, and am currently part of the Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry of Chequamegon. After only 2 years the Lord also put me in the position of a Pastor!! In 2012 I was hired as Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor/Outreach Pastor of Faith Evangelical Free Church! In November of 2014 I received my ministry licence from the Free church after much hard work and studying under my mentor Michael Thompson.
As of September 1, 2016 my tenure at Faith Free Stanley as Associate Pastor has come to an end. I have been promoted and sent. Our family will now begin our new season of life in Drummnd, WI. where I have been hired on as Senior Pastor at The Oaks Church, http://www.oaksofdrummond.com/. In 2020 I was officially ordained through Converge Great Lakes.
I also have a volunteer position at Crossroads Outreach in Ashland as Director of their faith based drug and alcohol outreach and prisoner reentry and mentorship outreach programs. We are excited to see what God has in store for us in the coming years.
I am also a certified drug and alcohol counselor in the Almond Tree Drug and Alcohol Program, and certified in the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Counseling program. Since the very first year of my release I have been blessed with many opportunities to travel all over and give testimony and messages including: The Gideon’s conferences and conventions, schools, youth groups, youth conferences, retreats, ball games, treatment centers, aftercare programs, biker events, women’s conferences, churches, and family conferences. I was recently on the radio program “Unshackled” in a 2 part series and on the 700 Club.
I feel as if Isaiah 61:6 is my calling: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners…”
I would love the opportunity to come and speak at your event, whether its a large auditorium, or a small group of people. My cost up front is free. The Gospel message should always be free. The only thing I ask is that if you are further than 50 miles from my home you reimburse me for gas or take care of travel arrangements. You can contact me here or call my phone at 715-491-7461 if interested or you have any questions. Go to the Ministries Page (Speaking opportunities) for the current schedule of events.
I would also love to talk to you if you are caught up in any addictions, abusive situations, part of the occult or a gang you want out of, suicidal, a cutter, being bullied, or just plain need someone to talk to or vent to. My phone number is open to you and our conversation will be confidential.
Marsha Cole – My wife, has also been radically saved by Jesus Christ and has been delivered from many things herself. She is also an ex-drug addict, a pancreatic cancer survivor, dealt with abusive relationships and an abusive family. She also is a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the Almond Tree Program as well as the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Counseling Program. Marsha counsels many girls and women, works with children and adults with special needs, and has a great passion to help others. Marsha is also available to talk to anyone needing help, counseling, or just someone to talk to. You can reach her at: 715-644-8376.
If you would like to consider any of the above offers, please call our number or use our Contact Us page. We would love to hear from you, even if its to share a God sighting, testimony of your own, or simply share some feedback.
ATTENTION SCHOOLS: I know by looking at this website you might be leery of asking me to come speak at your school for fear I might give a sermon. I have spoken in many schools in the last 2 years, giving a Drug/Alcohol awareness presentation, as well as speaking on bullying, suicide/cutting/self-harm, identity, decision making, making healthy choices, and other relatable topics. Here is a video of the 90 minute presentation I gave at the Webster, Wi. school in January of 2017. I also have video of 50 minute presentations if you wish to view them. I also have recommendations from the schools I have been in if you wish to view those. Again, I don’t charge for these other that asking to pay my gas and travel expenses. Click on the blue link below to view the video. I can be contacted here or at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall feedback from Webster school:
- Very impactful
- Powerful words, shows change is possible
- Liked that the speaker spoke from experience
- Didn’t tell us what not to do or why drugs are bad
- Best speaker Webster has ever had
- Very informative
- Honest, not sugarcoated stories
- Hits close to home
- Better understanding of the reality of drugs and alcohol
- Might be difficult to hear but everyone needs to hear it
- great speaker
|Bob Lecheler, Principal Ladysmith High School|
Bob Lecheler, Principal, PDSO
Craig Cahoon – Principal Flambeau School – “On 4-18-18 Mr. Brian Cole came to the Flambeau School District to speak about his lifelong struggles with addiction to grades 6-12. His presentation captivated our students’ attention and touched many of their lives. We do not always see our student’s daily stress and they can be very clever at masking their emotions. During his presentation Mr. Cole showed students that we all have struggles; it’s OK to ask for help, and there can be a positive outcome if we make the right choices. As they say the proof is in the pudding and I know several students reached out to Brian afterwards via his twitter account.”
January 15, 2019
To Whom It May Concern:
It gives me great pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for Brian Cole. The Mondovi School District was fortunate enough to have Brian speak to our middle and high school students on January 11, 2019. Brian’s past is such that he can sincerely talk to students about the importance of making good choices and what happens when this does not happen. Brian is a genuine person who is believable and every student that I personally talked to after his presentation was moved. What was critical to Brian’s story, was his ability to keep the audience engaged. It was nearly impossible not to pay attention when he was speaking.
As I mentioned above, Brian has an almost unbelievable past. His battle and subsequent victory over many addictions, is a story that people need to hear. His specific examples from his past make his story genuine and credible. He does not mince words and is very blunt. This probably is the most effective way to address addictions and choices with teenagers and young adults. During Brian’s presentation, he gave multiple ways of contacting him if a student had issues and would like further information or assistance. He also was speaking at a church later that same day if anyone wanted a more elaborate picture of his story and what ultimately was the turning point in his life.
Mondovi High School and Middle School has had many speakers over the last several years. I believe Brian’s message was one of the most important that our student body has been exposed to. I highly recommend his presentation to any school district or group that would like relevant information given to their students. Brian’s passion for helping people is very evident and I believe will positively impact lives. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Dean of Students, Grades 6-12
Counselor, Grades 6-12