Pastor Don was born in Starke, Florida.  He spent the first 14 years of his life moving around with his family while his dad was in the Navy.  The family eventually returned to Starke.  He graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Banking and Finance.  In 2006, he earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

his experience being a part of a Navy family helped prepare him for an itinerant ministry in the United Methodist Church.  In this capacity, he has been the Pastor of several churches in northeast and northwest Florida.  In July 2014 he was assigned to his current pastorate at First Macclenny.

Don is married to Lisa Thompson.  Lisa taught kindergarten and early elementary for 25 years at private schools in the Gainesville Florida area.  She is currently working to complete her B.A. in early elementary education and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  Together, Don and Lisa have six children.

Pastor Don and Lisa feel blessed to be serving the congregation  of First United Methodist Church and living in the Macclenny area.  They look forward to growing and serving the Lord together with the people of FUMC.