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I know what it’s like to live a life based on a calling. 


Even as a child, my sense of yearning to be a lawyer was strong. I worked really hard to graduate high school at age 17, get my Bachelor’s degree from James Madison and then I headed straight to law school at the University of Baltimore. After law school, I worked for the Chief Judge of the highest Court in our state, where I had the opportunity to work on a case involving a dispute between a national denomination and a local church.  From that case on, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to spend my career advising churches and nonprofits on legal compliance matters to keep them out of court, support their good work, and guide them in the intricacies of the law.  I have done just that, including advising in all areas of governance, contracts, commercial real estate transactions, and merger matters. I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last 23 years focusing on serving churches. 

I launched the Churches and Faith-Based Organizations practice at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and am one of only a handful of attorneys in the nation who practices exclusively in the area of Church Law.  Literally, only 1% of African-American women are equity partners at large law firms, and I’m one of them.  

Many know me as The Church Attorney®. I have assisted hundreds of churches and ministries with obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with a 100% success rate.

My life has been dedicated to helping churches of all denominations and sizes ensure that their legal affairs are in order so they can focus on spreading their message, serving their communities, and growing their ministries.

Now, I’m answering my next call and taking my passion to the next level, by launching my brand new course.  How about you- are you ready to click over and Take The Next Call? 

Erika E. Cole | Strategist & Coach

Erika E. Cole | Strategist & Coach

Erika E. Cole | Strategist & Coach

“So much is going on and it is all very real. Overall I think it can be summed up by saying 'this is not what I signed up for'.”

- Don Marsh, Founder and Executive Director of Service Learning Camps (as appeared in Churchleader 2021)

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