Brief Bio

Raised in an Evangelical Christian home, I spent three years (1990-1993) as a student at Cedarville College, a respected Christian college mandating Bible-courses and Christian studies. This came after being mentored by Rev. Dr. Morgan Jones, Biblical scholar and preacher, since the age of ten.

In 2000, I received my Bachelors of Art in Religious Studies from North Carolina State UniversityIn 2004, I graduated from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

I am clinically certified in pastoral care (ACPE), receiving my residency training in 2006-2007 at Tampa General Hospital. For eight years, I ministered full-time as a hospice chaplain, years  essential to my growth as a pastor.


In July 2013, I was blessed to be called to serve as the minister of the Community Church of North Orange & Tully (CCNOT). I returned to hospice chaplaincy in 2017 and served as the chaplain at the Hospice of Franklin County in addition to my position at CCNOT.  I ended both ministries in Central Massachusetts the summer of 2018 and now live in Cincinnati, Ohio where I serve as the interim minister of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Middletown, Ohio. 

I am an expert in Christian theology and Buddhist philosophy. I am a published poet, amateur musician, film-buff, and book-lover. 

My family is most precious to me. My wife is Holly, and we have a young son who is the proverbial spark-plug.

This is the core philosophy of my ministry:

"Nothing can be more important than being emotionally and spiritually present, no matter the circumstance. Nothing can be more significant than praying with and listening to those knowing fear or courage, worry or contentment, sadness or joy. The work is to walk alongside, pointing to wisdom as we go and urging compassion with each step."


Feel free to contact Don via email: doneri@gmail.com

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