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Welcome Don Best
Written by JKPC Web Administrator
Monday, 03 November 2014 18:08
Welcome: Don Best - JKPC Youth Pastor
Don is a native Tulsan and life-long Presbyterian. He is married to Lissa, and has two step sons; Zachary and Joshua. Don has been an engineer with NORDAM for fourteen years, and worked in the military and aerospace industries since 1980.
Don is an ordained Elder and Deacon. An active member in vocal and hand bell choirs, He enjoys most kinds of music and places a great importance on music in worship. He has also served several years teaching Sunday school to mid-highs and adults, and chairing various boards and committees: Board of Deacons, Evangelism, and Youth Council. Don has been acting Youth Director and participated in youth/adult mission trips.
At the presbytery level, Don has served on the Nominating Committee, Committee on Representation, Presbytery Council, and will begin serving on the Pastoral Care Team in January. Don was also an EOP sponsor for PCUSA Youth Triennium, and was plenary speaker for Senior and Mid-High Presbytery retreats.
Since completing the EOP Lay Academy in 2005, Don has provided pulpit supply and served as a part-time Commission Ruling Elder at Southminster for six years. Responsibilities included: preaching and leading in worship as required, assistance with pastoral care, and leading classes and workshops as requested.
After graduating from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in May, Don has been approved by Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery to seek a call in the PCUSA. Besides class work, Don’s seminary experience included three semesters of Supervised Practice of Ministry, one at Southminster and two at John Calvin. Don has also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa.
After this long journey of preparation, Don is ready to take the next step in answer to God’s call and transition to full time ministry in service to Christ and the PCUSA.