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Don was born to Christian parents who had come to faith in Jesus Christ early in their marriage. Don came to Christ at a young age and was baptized a number of years later.
During Don’s highschool years he and his parents debated his future. Don thought he would be an Olympic weightlifter, while his mother was convinced he would serve the Lord in full-time ministry. To no one’s surprise, Olympic gold was not in Don’s future, but he would submit himself to God’s call and go into full-time church ministry.
Don met his wife Kaeryn while studying at Grand Rapids Baptist College, now called Cornerstone University. They began to serve together in the area of youth in 1986 and were married in 1987. Don continued his ministry and education at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, now Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Don and Kaeryn continued to serve the Lord in church ministry until 2006, when they moved out east to train to be church planters. They began their church planting ministry in their home state of Michigan. Two years into the church plant Kaeryn was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that rapidly progressed to the point where full-time church ministry was no longer possible. Don began to prayerfully seek the Lord’s will for his future ministry.
In God’s time, He answered Don’s prayer by leading him to Ratio Christi. The circumstances that God used to demonstrate his ministry will were both highly personal and remarkable. The clarity Don has that apologetic ministry is what God has led him to do is only matched by his excitement for the ministry on campus, in the church, and in his community.
In addition to Don’s RC ministry he also serves as Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at Redeemer Bible Church in Byron Center, MI. Don also is privileged to lead a team volunteers in the church’s student ministry. What a blast.
Over the years, Don’s church ministry included the states of Michigan, Illinois and Alaska. His most enjoyable ministry experiences often most often those with young people and college age students. Don’s favorite ministry memories, where he saw God at work include wilderness hiking, evangelistic basketball tourneys, sports camps, chess camps and college discipleship and outreach ministries.
Don and Kaeryn have seven children. They have five birth children whose ages range from sixteen to twenty-four. In 2013 they adopted two children who were thirteen and eleven at the time of the adoption.