When Don returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1997, it was like a homecoming. In various capacities, he has led youth, college students and adults on over twenty mission trips, including cycling across the United States in forty-four days for Habitat for Humanity. Don has also worked with social work agencies in the Portland metro area such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Morrison Child and Family Center, and Evergreen Counseling Services.
He attended Portland State University and earned his Ph.D. in Social Research in 2009. He has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, George Fox University and Clark College. In Spring of 2018, he was granted tenure as a Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, where he currently serves as the Department Chair.
Don joined the staff at Southminster in May 2006. For him, the focus on inclusivity, social justice, equity for all and interfaith dialogue are what brought him here. Over the years, he has purposed to build an intentional intergenerational ministry for college students, youth and children and strengthen our church’s connection to families and mission. For Don, “God exists in community and is revealed as we work toward social justice in all ways and all things.”