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Don was born and raised in Oregon, and Salem has been his residence since he was 6 years old. He spent 4 years in Portland, attending Portland Bible College where he met his wife, Ann. They’ve been married 30 years and have two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Rachel. Don and Ann each received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Portland Bible College.
 
They got married after graduating and immediately moved to Salem to help with a newly planted church, which was Willamette Christian Fellowship at the time. Over their years in church, they’ve been involved in almost every area of ministry. In 1995, Don was set in as the senior leader of Life Church.

Don has a calling similar to that of Joshua's - to lead God’s people into the Promised Land. In the book of Joshua, the Promised Land was the place where God's people could experience, first-hand, the fulfillment of promises that had been passed down for generations. The words of Jesus in John 10:10 say that "the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." For too long the people of God have been ripped off. 
They have not understood or experienced the greatness of
the Good News (The Gospel).
 
Like Joshua, Don and Ann have a passion to lead people into real life. God’s plan for us is that we might have life as He does - abundant life. His promises are our inheritance! We get to experience them not only in heaven, but also right here, right now in this broken world, as His kingdom is established in the earth.