Lajun M. Cole, Sr. And Valora Shaw-Cole
LaJun and Valora Cole are a ministry power-team based out of Tampa, Florida. LaJun is an apostolic visionary, innovator, and disciple-maker graced with a strong fathering anointing and Valora is a cutting edge prophetic voice who is internationally known for her ability to ascend into the heavens with an extraordinary anointing to exhort and accurately release prophetic decrees and declarations
They are the proud parents of 3 sons, 1 daughter and 2 wonderful grandchildren. Together they make a dynamic ministry duo and are responsible for the senior leadership of Contagious Church formally Perfected Love International Fellowship a growing multiethnic/multicultural, non-denominational life giving church with campuses in the north Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace, FL, Tallahassee, FL and Charolette, NC; the Discipleship Training Institute a training and equipping center; Agape International a not-for-profit community development corporation focused on impacting and enriching the lives of individuals, families and communities globally; and the Exponential Group a for profit leadership, media and organizational development training and consulting company all headquartered out of Tampa Florida. They are the published authors of “Plug into the Power of Prayer and Prophetic Intercession” and its companion workbook and their latest book “The New Normal”.
Additionally, they are the hosts of an annual conference held nationally and internationally themed the “Suddenly Conference” and hosts of an upcoming TV show “Lajun and Valora Today”.
Both LaJun and Valora are graduates of the University of South Florida; LaJun with a BA in Religion and a minor in Leadership and Valora with a BA in Leadership and minor in Public Administration. LaJun is completing his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological in the spring of 2016 and Valora will be graduating with her MBA in Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University in the fall of 2015.
LaJun and Valora have made it their chief aim and goal to dedicate their lives to making strong New Testament believers, who are anointed and trained to walk in purpose, fulfill destiny and make and maximum impact in every sphere of society.
Lajun M. Cole, Sr.
Senior Pastor of Contagious Church
LaJun M. Cole, Sr. is an apostolic visionary, entrepreneur, innovator, and disciple-maker graced with a strong fathering anointing who is globally known for his ability to empower, equip and encourage believers. He has made both guest and host appearances on TBN as well CTN and other radio and television programs globally. Additionally, he and his wife Valora have ministered in over 40 U.S. cities and 11 foreign nations across South and Central America as well as Africa and Europe conducting either leadership or discipleship training conferences and seminars.
LaJun and Valora, are the proud parents of 3 sons, 1 daughter, 2 wonderful grandchildren and numerous spiritual sons and daughters across the globe. Together they make a dynamic ministry duo and are responsible for the day to day operations of Cole and Company Global where LaJun serves as the President and CEO, the senior leadership of Coalition Force International; a global community of business, and ministry leaders, senior servant at Contagious Church formally Perfected Love International Fellowship a growing multiethnic/ multicultural, non-denominational life giving church with campuses in the north Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace, FL, Tallahassee, FL and Charolette, NC; the Discipleship Training Institute and Gladiator Camp which are training and equipping centers focused on discovering, developing and deploying the gifts of the believer; Agape International a not-for-profit community development corporation focused on impacting and enriching the lives of individuals, families and communities globally; and the Exponential Group Global a for-profit leadership, media and organizational development training and consulting company all of which are headquartered in Tampa Florida. He is a published author of “Plug into the Power of Prayer and Prophetic Intercession” and its companion workbook, “The New Normal” and “Its MY Suddenly Season.
LaJun is also a former U.S. Army veteran who served 13.5 years in jobs ranging from Squad leader, Drill Instructor to Platoon Sergeant. Having completed military training courses to include, U.S. Army Sapper School, Drill Instructor, Air Assault and numerous other U.S. Army training academies. LaJun is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in Religion and a minor in Leadership and he is currently working to complete his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
LaJun has made it his chief life aim and goal to make strong New Testament believers, who are anointed and trained to walk in purpose, fulfill destiny and make a maximum impact in every sphere of society.
Co-Pastor of Contagious Church
Valora Shaw-Cole, is a published author, entrepreneur, exhorter, advisor to the Body of Christ as well as a globally known, respected and much sought after prophetic voice.
Valora has made guest appearances on TBN, CTN, Atlanta Live and other radio and television programs globally. Additionally, Valora has ministered in over 50 U.S. cities and 9 foreign nations across South and Central America as well as Africa and Europe conducting either leadership or discipleship training conferences and seminars.
Valora co-founded Company Global, which does business as LaJun and Valora Cole, Ministries from which she recently founded Fearless Women Global a phenomenal organization, which hosts an annual women’s conference with attendees from around the world. Valora also serves as the Co-Pastor of Contagious Church formally Perfected Love International Fellowship a growing multiethnic/multicultural, non-denominational life giving church with campuses in the north Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace, FL, Tallahassee, FL and Charolette, NC; the Discipleship Training Institute and Gladiator Camp which are training and equipping centers focused on discovering, developing and deploying the gifts of the believer; Agape International a not-for-profit community development corporation which Valora founded in 2010 focused on impacting and enriching the lives of individuals, families and communities globally. Her literary accomplishments include “Plug into the Power of Prayer and Prophetic Intercession” and its companion workbook as well as her latest book “The New Normal”.
In the secular arena, Valora serves as the founding CEO of Exponential Group Global a for-profit leadership, media and organizational development training and consulting company all headquartered in Tampa Florida and as the Vice-Chairman for Bay Area Charter foundation and Florida Charter Foundation, Charter Schools under Charter Schools USA with over 240 million dollars in fiscal oversight
Valora has made it her life-long passion is to teach and equip others worldwide in Prayer and intercession and to empower women to, regain their voice, be fearless, and walk in their purpose.
The Story Of Our Journey
On December 13, 2008, I was residing in Memphis, Tennessee, and was asked by my long-time friend Pastor Keith E. Miller, Sr. to travel to Florida to conduct a discipleship seminar on Saturday and minister in the Sunday morning service. I asked 2 long-time friends to ride with me Pastor Dirk Matre who also lived in Memphis and Deacon Willie Jones who had been my armor-bearer for years who had recently moved from Memphis to Little Rock Arkansas. Pastor Dirk and I traveled to Little Rock to pick up Willie and from there we began our trip to Bradenton, Florida.
The trip was pretty normal for most of the trip and then about 10 o’clock the night of the 12th after having passed through Tallahassee on Interstate 10 we were in prayer listening to Shekinah Glory and the Spirit of the Lord began to move. We were praying for our journey and as we each took turns to pray we shared what was on our hearts. As Willie began to close his portion of the prayer he said, “ And Lord send pastor Cole a wife” I remember those words like it was yesterday as they were forever etched in the back of my mind. It’s almost as if I can still see him saying them and I remember exactly where we were on Interstate 10.
Upon arrival in Bradenton, we went to the Wal-Mart and immediately began to evangelize those who were in the Wal-Mart. Keep in mind it’s now between 3-4 in the morning. We then stopped at Waffle House to grab a bite to eat. After eating we arrived at our hotel and settled down for the night.
The next morning would be Saturday, which was the start of the Discipleship Seminar. We had a great time teaching on the subject of Discipleship.
Fast forward to Sunday morning. I ministered from a theme that, “The Glory of the Latter House would be greater than that of the former.” 20 minutes before stepping into the pulpit to minister I noticed a young lady come in who really caught my attention. Not only was she stunningly beautiful, but her spirit was glowing and extremely beautiful. She sat on the left side of the sanctuary about 5 rows out. As I ministered on that morning I noticed that she appeared to be intently listening and my initial thoughts were, “my message must be really bad, she is looking at me very mean.” Later, I would find that she had actually taken very good notes of my message.
During the initial part of the service, the visitors were acknowledged and it was mentioned that she was the daughter of one of the elders of the Church. They had also mentioned that she was from Tampa. It had been thirty years since she had been back to the church, as it had been the first church her family had been members of when she was a little girl. After service, I made during my introduction to her I inquired as to where the most beautiful beaches were. I asked if there were any nice beaches in the Tampa area and she said the nicest beaches were actually in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. Another interesting part of the beginning of the service was when Pastor Miller introduced me, He said now Pastor Cole is not married but we are praying for him. I laughed and when I got up to speak I made it clear that my purpose for coming had nothing to do with anything personal or potentially romantic. I made this statement that If God did send me a wife she would have to possess certain qualities; 1. She had to be a prayer warrior. 2. She had to be filled with God’s Spirit. 3. She had to be dancing and shouting in the Holy Ghost with a mighty burning fire. Little did I know that God had a surprise for me that day sitting in the sanctuary.
Once the service was overall the ministers and leaders of the church went to grab a bite to eat for lunch. While sitting at dinner my friend Pastor Keith Miller, Sr. leaned over to me and said that is your father-in-law and that is your wife. I laughed initially because I had been married before and had decided I really didn’t want to venture down that path again anytime soon and if I did it would have to be God Himself who told me. Once we left the restaurant we stopped by Lido Beach to take a couple of photos of the beach before heading back home to Memphis. While standing on the beach we were approached by three separate groups of people who all asked us if we had just gotten married. Although we were dressed in dressy attire we thought it was ironic that we were the only couple standing there that anyone asked that question too. It was amazing and in our hearts, we just knew that something special was happening and it had a God purpose to it.
After leaving the beach, we drove back through Tampa and made a stop to refuel and make our final bathroom stops before hitting the road. While in Tampa we stopped by Valora’s house. The Holy Spirit said to me, ask her to pray for your trip and safety. When she opened her mouth to pray I knew in my spirit that God was speaking to me that this confirmed my request. She prayed powerfully and began to decree and declare over us. She spoke of things that none of us had ever shared either with one another or with her for that matter. Once she was done we had to take a seat because we were all pretty amazed by what had just taken place.
We talked on the phone as we left that night and my entire trip home we talked. We knew that we wanted to be together and that it just didn’t feel right not being together. It was beautiful and there was a peace in our hearts. Two weeks later I returned to Florida on Christmas Eve and stayed at a friend of Valora’s house for several days before returning to Memphis. The strange thing is that I knew God had shifted me to Tampa but I was really fighting Him. I literally told God that I didn’t lose anything in Tampa. So on one of the times, I attempted to return to Memphis my car broke began to malfunction. I took it to a mechanic who said there was nothing wrong with it. So I again tried to get on the road to head back to Memphis and the same thing happened again. Once again I took the vehicle to the mechanic and he said nothing was wrong with it. This time I got in and headed back to Memphis. Unfortunately, I only made it to Atlanta and my car engine began to smoke. Whatever happened it had overheated and there I sat for a day. Guess who had to come to pick me up? You guessed right, Valora came and picked me up and we drove back to Memphis. I packed up a couple of weeks’ clothes and we headed back to Tampa. During that time I lived with Pastor Miller in Sarasota. Within a month and a half, we were getting married. We journeyed back to Lido Beach at sunrise on February 11th, 2009 which was Valora’s 40th birthday. Interestingly enough, it had been spoken over her life that something significant was going to happen to her on her 40th birthday. She had also received several prophetic words that she was going to get married soon and that he had an apostolic calling on his life.
A month after marriage we started Perfected Love International Fellowship (Contagious Church) and from there Agape International our Not for Profit. Now we have several not-for-profit entities and several for-profit entities which we founded and now provide leadership for. We have also authored several books and have been blessed to travel together. We both went back to school and finished degrees together and can honestly say that in the first 6 years of marriage we have not spent more than 6 hours apart. Not because we have to but because we enjoy being together and loving doing things as a team.
That one simple act of obedience in hearing from God and arriving at the same place on the same day was no coincidence or accident but the divine plan of God. We are committed to the covenant we made to each other. We have endured many things from financial trials to relational trials but through it all, we are committed to covenant. In 2014 we received two phone calls 12 hours apart. The first at 9 pm shared that Valor’s dad had passed and the next at 9:30 am the next day that my grandmother who raised me was being taken to the hospital and that it didn’t look very good. We stood by her side during her last days here on earth and watched her transition to glory together. My grandmother loved my wife and truly entrusted me to her. She stated that she knew that “Little Bit” as she called her would take care of me once she was gone. Likewise, her dad said that he loved me and knew that his baby was in good hands. We are both honored to know that they approved of us and our covenant.
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