Don was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 14. He was challenged into missions after studying anthropology at Georgia State University, where he studied the Yanomami people of Latin America.
Don entered training with New Tribes Mission in 1980 and went to Latin America in 1984. Don has lived in five countries on three different continents, primarily serving as a missionary in Latin America from 1984-1991.
In 1992-1993 Don taught graduate level pastoral training in Nairobi, Kenya, where he met his wife, Janice, who was a missionary with Mission Aviation Fellowship. They married in 1993 and have four children, Malaika, Jodiceson, Taivyn and Cuaidman.
Since 1996, Don has been working in church relations for New Tribes Mission in Central Florida. Don works in many areas of missions education in the local church, from consulting with missions committees and pastors to pulpit supply and keynote speaking at missions conferences.
Don’s goal is to challenge the Church to a closer walk with Jesus, having a broader worldview, and understanding the Church’s responsibility to take the message of Christ to a lost world.