Don was raised in a Christian home in the mid-west, heard the gospel many times but was not called to saving faith by God until 1997 when he was in his 40’s. He is a retired engineer and business executive who began his “second career” in 2000 as the Director of a Christian nonprofit in San Jose. After ordination in 2003 he served as a pastor and music minister in a Bay Area church. Before coming to CFF in March 2010, Don served four years as senior pastor of a church in western Sonoma County.
In his role as elder and ordained pastor, Don oversees our music ministry, our men’s ministry called M3i and our Home Fellowship group ministry. He holds degrees in Christian counseling and Expository preaching from Trinity Seminary which enable him to pursue his passion for preaching, teaching, and equipping others to defend the truth and share the hope of historical Christianity. When forced to select a favorite scripture, he settled on Romans 1:16-17.
Don is married to Wendy and has three grown children and one grandchild. Now that the children are grown and the horses, sheep, goats and other assorted animals of the Strand zoo are gone, Don and Wendy enjoy hiking, motorcycling, reading, music, traveling, hosting and simply spending time together.